• WordNet 3.6
    • n adornment the action of decorating yourself with something colorful and interesting
    • n adornment a decoration of color or interest that is added to relieve plainness
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Adornment An adorning; an ornament; a decoration.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n adornment An adorning; that which adorns; ornament.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Adornment ornament: decoration
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  • Roy Thompson
    Roy Thompson
    “Beauty when unadorned is adorned the most.”
  • Mary Wollstonecraft
    Mary Wollstonecraft
    “Taught from infancy that beauty is woman's scepter, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.”
  • Titus Maccius Plautus
    “I would rather be adorned by beauty of character than jewels. Jewels are the gift of fortune, while character comes from within.”
  • Euripides
    “Know first who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly.”
  • William Hazlitt
    “Look up, laugh loud, talk big, keep the color in your cheek and the fire in your eye, adorn your person, maintain your health, your beauty and your animal spirits.”
  • Merry Browne
    Merry Browne
    “The elegance of honesty needs no adornment.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OF. adornement,. See Adorn
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. aörner, adorner—L. adornāread, to, ornāre, to furnish.


In literature:

Necklace, fetich, and the plume that adorned his sidelock, he put in the quiver.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
Adorned and beautified with the flowing bitter Oliue, Lawrell, white Poplar, and Lisimachia, blacke Pople, Alders, and wilde Ashe.
"Hypnerotomachia" by Francesco Colonna
Ye ruthless swords and altars, which I fled, Ye sacred fillets, that adorned my head!
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
What moral virtues it has which contribute to its glory and its adornment?
"The Letters of Cassiodorus" by Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
Leather bag adorned with feathers, with pebbles inside, used as a rattle in dances.
"Illustrated Catalogue of the Collections Obtained from the Indians of New Mexico in 1880" by James Stevenson
The aisles and side altars were equally adorned and illuminated.
"Seeing Europe with Famous Authors, Volume 7" by Various
Statues of gigantic size adorn the nave.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Vol III." by John Symonds
The baptistery was adorned with appropriate mosaics representing Christ's baptism in Jordan.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
I will not adorn, as a modern Cleopatra, the triumphal entry of the modern Augustus.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
You may see them coming and going if you will stand by one of the many doors adorned with the three gilt balls.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
It is planted with trees and adorned with marble statues of Neptune and Abundance by Antoine Coysevox.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
All that is bright and rare is but invented and devised to adorn and please her.
"Henrietta Temple A Love Story" by Benjamin Disraeli
Her grotto, entirely shorn of its poetic adornment, is exhibited to the curious stranger at Gozo.
"The Story of Malta" by Maturin M. Ballou
The chrysalis is angular, coloured with brown and grey, and adorned with brilliant gold spots.
"Butterflies and Moths" by William S. Furneaux
She arrayed herself in sheets and muslin curtains, braided her hair low round her brow, and adorned it with tinsel pins.
"The Song of Songs" by Hermann Sudermann
May Aphrodite adorn you with her loveliest charms!
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 13" by Various
An old-fashioned screen, ornamented with an embroidered coat-of-arms, stood before a huge stove adorned with Chinese designs.
"A Twofold Life" by Wilhelmine von Hillern
When the piece disappears from the boards, the scenes which adorned it vanish from sight.
"A Book About the Theater" by Brander Matthews
The sculptures in the archings depict scenes from the Passion, while the group which adorns the gable represents =The Crucifixion=.
"Rheims and the Battles for its Possession" by Various
One of the lower and mixed forms of artistic activity, in the case of the child and of the race alike, is personal adornment.
"Children's Ways" by James Sully

In poetry:

Whence that blush the west adorning,
And the last expiring ray,
Speak a far more beauteous morning,
And a more delightful day;
"On A Tear" by Thomas Noon Talfourd
When I behold thy works on high
The moon that rules the night,
And stars that well adorn the sky,
Those moving worlds of light.
"Psalm VIII: O Lord, Our Lord" by Isaac Watts
Noera, when the corn,
Reaped on the fields,
The asters' stars adorn;
And purple shields
Of ironweeds lie torn
Among the wealds:
"Noera" by Madison Julius Cawein
"If he consents, let garlands green
His peaceful brows adorn;
If hostile yet, beneath our walls,
Thrice sound his bugle horn."
"Sir Raymond of the Castle" by Mary Darby Robinson
With pearls rare adorned and strange jewels,
Reposed on a billowy nest,
A prey to voluptuous longing,
Tamara awaited her guest.
"Tamara" by Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov
He was adorned with honor's star,
Had conquered all but fate;
Death's wing became his palace car
And bore him to heaven's gate.
"Lines On The Death Of A Friend" by Samuel Alfred Beadle

In news:

The answer helps me decide what clothes to wear and whether or not I need to adorn a hat and scarf.
Throughout history ocher has been used for art and adornment.
Phoenix's downtown art scene is alive with unique and colorful characters, whether it's a homeless artist adorned in aluminum pull-tab chain mail or some punker sporting a multicolored Mohawk.
Third-graders Sophia Jones (left) and Petek Mertan help put together the newest creation to adorn a fence surrounding the school garden at Grand Ridge Elementary School.
Wow, such dramatic fade in and outs of colorations and patterns adorn the frilly lipped petal.
The forest is once again adorned in vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow, and so are many of the local homes and businesses.
One of my daughters and her family has adorned the outside of their house and front yard with a varied assortment of brightly lit Christmas decorations.
Congregation takes message to the communityEthan Ellison, 15, holds a cross adorned with palm leaves for Palm Sunday .
Hard-to-wash bells and whistles (like serrations and interchangeable blades) adorn pricier tools, but Kuhn's models are plain and simple.
When the truth is spoken, it doesn't need to be adorned.
Colorful art to adorn your flesh.
1,000 Plasticine Collages Adorn Tame Impala's Psychedelic Music Video.
In Central Fremont, near Mission Blvd, have adorned their houses with holiday lights in hopes of bringing some Christmas cheer.
Real estate signs adorn houses and condos sold and for sale in Vancouver.
Adorn simple boxes with figures similar to those on the pyramid.

In science:

Such program is logically equivalent to magic (P , Q), thus our correctness theorem holds also for this case.3 An important class of magic transformations employs adornments (see e.g. (Ramakrishnan 1991; Beeri and Ramakrishnan 1991)).
A Simple Correctness Proof for Magic Transformation
The original program P is transformed into an adorned program P ad , by renaming predicate symbols into fresh ones. (We omit the details of the transformation.) A symbol p may be renamed into more than one symbols; thus several renamings of a clause C ∈ P may appear in P ad .
A Simple Correctness Proof for Magic Transformation
The new magic program is obtained by applying the magic transformation from Df. 2 to the adorned program: magic (cid:48) (P , Q) = magic (P ad , Q), From Th. 4 we obtain4 correctness of this magic transformation: P |= Qθ iff magic (cid:48) (P , Q) |= Qθ .
A Simple Correctness Proof for Magic Transformation
Comultiplications, counits, and antipodes are denoted as usual by ∆, ε and S perhaps adorned with the name of the coalgebra or Hopf algebra as in ∆H , and we use Sweedler notation with suppressed summation symbol for comultiplication, as in ∆(x) = x1 ⊗ x2 .
Free unitary groups are (almost) simple
The backbone is obviously isomorphic (as a graph) to N, hence the IIC can be seen as N adorned with dangling branches.
Randomly Trapped Random Walks
Here we have adorned with a tilde quantities belonging to (d + 1) space to distinguish them from those of the d-dimensional hypersurfaces.
Holographic Renormalisation and Anomalies
Since we work on the ordinary scheme Spec(A), the notions of c-Gorenstein complexes and t-Gorenstein ∗ (A) coincide and we simply use Gorenstein (without adornments) complexes in Dc while referring to such complexes.
Applications of duality theory to cousin complexes
We wish to adorn the edges of a diagram with elements from an associative algebra having a basis containing 1.
Diagram calculus for a type affine $C$ Temperley--Lieb algebra, II
We will use the elements of Ω to adorn the edges of a diagram and we will refer to each element of Ω as a decoration.
Diagram calculus for a type affine $C$ Temperley--Lieb algebra, II
That is, if we adorn a loop edge with a sequence of blocks of decorations, we only require that adjacency be preserved.
Diagram calculus for a type affine $C$ Temperley--Lieb algebra, II
Furthermore, if an edge joining nodes in the north face of d is adorned with an open (respectively, closed) decoration, then no non-propagating edge occurring to the right (respectively, left) in the north face may be adorned with closed (respectively, open) decorations.
Diagram calculus for a type affine $C$ Temperley--Lieb algebra, II
Note that the only time an admissible diagram d can have an edge adorned with both open and closed decorations is if d is undammed (which only happens when n is even) or if d has a single propagating edge (which only happens when n is odd).
Diagram calculus for a type affine $C$ Temperley--Lieb algebra, II
This gauge field makes it possible to adorn the string states with an extra quantum number: the D-particle number (zero dimensional branes).
Symmetries and interactions in matrix string theory
These possibilities can be included in string theory by adorning the open strings with extra degrees of freedom at their endpoints, called Chan Paton factors, that simply indicate which brane the endpoint is restricted to.
Symmetries and interactions in matrix string theory
Indeed, a new feature of matrix string theory (relative to standard light-cone string theory) is that via the electric flux of the gauge field, the string states can be adorned with an extra quantum number, identified with the Dparticle charge .
Symmetries and interactions in matrix string theory