alcove

Definitions

  • Alcove
    Alcove
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n alcove a small recess opening off a larger room
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Alcove (Arch) A recessed portion of a room, or a small room opening into a larger one; especially, a recess to contain a bed; a lateral recess in a library.
    • Alcove A small ornamental building with seats, or an arched seat, in a pleasure ground; a garden bower.
    • Alcove Any natural recess analogous to an alcove or recess in an apartment. "The youthful wanderers found a wild alcove ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n alcove A covered recess. Specifically— In the strictest sense, any recessed bay or small room attached to a larger one, having a coved or vaulted ceiling.
    • n alcove A recess in an escarpment formed by the more rapid retrogressive erosion of one part than of another.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Alcove al′kōv or al-kōv′ a recess in a room: any recess: a shady retreat.
    • n Alcove al′kōv or al-kōv′, a recess in a room: any recess: a shady retreat.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. alcôve, Sp. or Pg. alcoba, from Ar. al-quobbah, arch, vault, tent
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sp. alcoba, a place in a room railed off to hold a bed—Ar. al, the, qobbah, a vault.

Usage

In literature:

The music-books gathered dust in the alcove, and the "Iliad" stood unopened on the shelf.
"A Dream of Empire" by William Henry Venable
In the alcove, which was all in black, appeared a small shelf, that stood but a little way out from the wall.
"The Isles of Sunset" by Arthur Christopher Benson
The room was lighted by two candles that stood on the mantelpiece, and the bed in its alcove was dim.
"Franklin Kane" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Then he walked slowly across the room and entered behind the chintz curtains of the little alcove.
"The Bastonnais" by John Lesperance
An alcove, which he had not marked, was hewn in the brow of the precipice.
"Bohemian Days" by Geo. Alfred Townsend
I had been there in my private alcove some few minutes, when Rashid arrived with a triumphant air, holding on high the famous whip.
"Oriental Encounters" by Marmaduke Pickthall
Madame le Claire stood in the little curtained alcove, empty save for the great tiger-skin rug, the dais, and a chair or two.
"Double Trouble" by Herbert Quick
All through both alcoves Harvey searched, and his face was rather pale when he and Frank returned to the table.
"Frank Merriwell's Chums" by Burt L. Standish
Two men were in front of the wire grating which protected the big safe that filled the alcove to the right.
"The Yukon Trail" by William MacLeod Raine
As raindrops pattered about them, Ross drew the girl with him into the alcove where Ashe sheltered with the Foanna.
"Key Out of Time" by Andre Alice Norton
Alcoves containing tables and chairs ranged around.
"Villa Elsa" by Stuart Henry
The facts are all found scattered among the various public documents which repose in the alcoves of our National Library.
"Autographs for Freedom, Volume 2 (of 2) (1854)" by Various
The long mirror opposite her reflected the interior of the alcove parlor.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 5, No. 28, February, 1860" by Various
Horatia was tired, for she had already rinked for some time in the morning, and she sat back in the alcove, half-hidden from sight.
"Sarah's School Friend" by May Baldwin
Many surprising little alcoves and odd, cell-like rooms were distributed all through the church.
"The Pony Rider Boys in Texas" by Frank Gee Patchin
Another alcove was vacant; a crabbed manuscript, just laid down by the writer, was on the desk.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 97, November, 1865" by Various
While he mused his eyes were fixed on the alcove at the end of the room.
"Ambrotox and Limping Dick" by Oliver Fleming
There was a swish of silken petticoats, and she disappeared in an alcove, where she sat down at a desk.
"The Mask" by Arthur Hornblow
There were low voices in one of the most obscure alcoves, and a man and woman stood in close proximity in its dimmest recess.
"Eventide" by Effie Afton
In a richly-ornamented alcove, seated on a pile of cushions, were two persons; one of whom they immediately knew must be the rajah.
"The Young Rajah" by W.H.G. Kingston
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In poetry:

There is sure the haunt of fairies,
In yon cool Alcove they play;
Care can never cross the threshold,
Care was only made for day.
"Verses Written In An Alcove" by Anna Laetitia Aikin Barbauld
Oh! Fullers angel-cake, Robertson’s marmalade,
Liberty lampshade, come shine on us all,
My! what a spread for the friends of Myfanwy,
Some in the alcove and some in the hall.
"Myfanwy" by Sir John Betjeman
Now at the ball, superbly dressed
As I suppose, to eclipse the rest,
Within an alcove shady
A brilliant flame I hope to be,
While all admire and envy me,
The "bright electric lady."
"Lightning-Bugs" by Hattie Howard
Alas! the urn no longer stands
Within the little alcove dim;
Gone also are the faithful hands
That hung sweet roses on its rim;
And vanished even is the bust
Which watched above the sacred dust.
"In A Columbarium" by John Lawson Stoddard
The seasons moved on in their rhythmical flow
With mornings like maidens that pouted or smiled,
With the bud and the leaf and the fruit and the snow,
And the year-books of Time in his alcoves were piled.
"The Shadows" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
In the alcoves of death, in the charnels of timid,
Where flit the gaunt spectres of passion and crime,
There are triumphs untold, there are martyrs unsung,
There are heroes yet silent to speak with his tongue!
"A Parting Health" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

The caves harbor pelagic cormorants and pigeon guillemots where they roost comfortably in the damp alcoves.
"I feel like we're in Paris," my father says happily as we settle into a window alcove in the front room of 1550 Hyde.
The new US Capitol Visitor Center 's exhibition hall includes a number of alcoves packed with historical information about the development of the building and the campus.
IT IS midnight at the Playboy mansion and Elon Musk is in the cigar alcove with a couple of friends, holding forth.
The Eames Aluminum Management Chair that sits in Mr Crumpacker's office alcove is from Design Within Reach ($1,889).
They kneel in a vermilion-colored alcove, and a young assistant announces that the ceremony has commenced.
THE smug diners at table X peeked out from their private alcove at Il Toscano to see whether they were being noticed.
It's Sunday night at Yak and Yeti, and most of the tables in the upstairs alcove are full.
It's Sunday night at Yak and Yeti , and most of the tables in the upstairs alcove are full.
Because replacing the cabinet was out of the question, and enlarging the TV alcove wouldn't work, he suggested mounting a TV directly on the cabinet 's door.
675 Bar 675 Hudson St, at 13th St. 212-699-2410 The pool table and Ms Pac-Man machine may scream "man cave," but with its basement locale, dark, shadowy corners, and semi-private alcoves, 675 was made for messing around.
A family alcove at SECU Hospice House of Brunswick will be named in honor of ORCA 's gift.
We enjoyed so much their traditional menu of tagines served in the candle-lit pool courtyard-try to reserve the table in the curtained alcove for extra romance and privacy.
The room , nearly identical to another semi-octagonal room on the other side of the house, features built-in alcove beds and two floor-level windows that open sideways on pivots.
Most motorists zipping across the busy expanse of the Veterans Memorial Bridge in Cleveland don't know that below the road lies a lower deck — a labyrinthine maze of alcoves, tunnels and tracks.
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In science:

We apply this technique to walks in the alcoves of the classical affine Weyl groups.
Random Walk in an Alcove of an Affine Weyl Group, and Non-Colliding Random Walks on an Interval
We prove analogous results for the alcoves of affine Weyl groups.
Random Walk in an Alcove of an Affine Weyl Group, and Non-Colliding Random Walks on an Interval
We use these reflection arguments to find determinant formulas for the number of walks of length k which stay within the alcoves of the classical affine Weyl groups.
Random Walk in an Alcove of an Affine Weyl Group, and Non-Colliding Random Walks on an Interval
We will assume C is a Weyl chamber of a finite Weyl group W , or an alcove of an affine Weyl group.
Random Walk in an Alcove of an Affine Weyl Group, and Non-Colliding Random Walks on an Interval
Again, the group ˜W contains the reflections rα,k not only for simple α but for all α, and these hyperplanes of reflection partition space into alcoves.
Random Walk in an Alcove of an Affine Weyl Group, and Non-Colliding Random Walks on an Interval
The alcoves are the regions bounded by |Φ+ | simultaneous inequalities kα < (λ, α) < kα + 1, as α runs over all roots in Φ+ , for kα in Z.
Random Walk in an Alcove of an Affine Weyl Group, and Non-Colliding Random Walks on an Interval
The principal alcove A is bounded by the inequalities 0 < (λ, α) < 1 for all positive roots α; this can be shown to be non-empty.
Random Walk in an Alcove of an Affine Weyl Group, and Non-Colliding Random Walks on an Interval
L; and if C is an alcove of an affine Weyl group, then 1/ki must be an integer.
Random Walk in an Alcove of an Affine Weyl Group, and Non-Colliding Random Walks on an Interval
This is reflectable for the affine alcove as well provided that t is an integer.
Random Walk in an Alcove of an Affine Weyl Group, and Non-Colliding Random Walks on an Interval
In a reflectable random walk problem, we want to compute bηλ,k , the number of walks from η to λ of length k which stay in the interior of a Weyl chamber or alcove.
Random Walk in an Alcove of an Affine Weyl Group, and Non-Colliding Random Walks on an Interval
The only walks which do not cancel in these pairs are the walks which stay within the Weyl chamber or alcove, and since w(λ) is inside the Weyl chamber or alcove only if w is the identity, this is the desired number of walks.
Random Walk in an Alcove of an Affine Weyl Group, and Non-Colliding Random Walks on an Interval
To get a non-trivial walk for the alcoves of the affine Weyl groups, we have to re-scale either the steps or the alcoves.
Random Walk in an Alcove of an Affine Weyl Group, and Non-Colliding Random Walks on an Interval
It is more natural to state the problem if we leave the steps alone and re-scale the alcoves by a factor of m or 2m, so that we study the steps ±ei in the alcoves of the Weyl group mW or 2mW .
Random Walk in an Alcove of an Affine Weyl Group, and Non-Colliding Random Walks on an Interval
The cW -translates of the fundamental alcove are called alcoves.
Abelian ideals in a Borel subalgebra of a complex simple Lie algebra
The ρ-points are precisely the integral weights in the interior of an alcove.
Abelian ideals in a Borel subalgebra of a complex simple Lie algebra
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