closet

Definitions

  • Jo threw open the door of the closet
    Jo threw open the door of the closet
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v closet confine to a small space, as for intensive work
    • n closet a small private room for study or prayer
    • n closet a small room (or recess) or cabinet used for storage space
    • n closet a tall piece of furniture that provides storage space for clothes; has a door and rails or hooks for hanging clothes
    • n closet a toilet in Britain
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When Elizabeth I of Russia died in 1762, 15,000 dresses were found in her closets. She used to change what she was wearing two and even three times an evening.
    • Closet A small apartment, or recess in the side of a room, for household utensils, clothing, etc.
    • Closet A small room or apartment for retirement; a room for privacy. "A chair-lumbered closet , just twelve feet by nine.""When thou prayest, enter into thy closet ."
    • Closet To make into a closet for a secret interview. "He was to call a new legislature, to closet its members.""He had been closeted with De Quadra."
    • Closet To shut up in, or as in, a closet; to conceal. "Bedlam's closeted and handcuffed charge."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n closet A small room or apartment for retirement; any room for privacy; a small supplementary apartment communicating with another, as a dressing-room with a bedroom; hence, in religious literature, the place or habit of devotional seclusion.
    • n closet A small side room or inclosed recess for storing utensils, clothing, provisions, curiosities, etc.
    • n closet A bedroom.
    • n closet A secret place; a place for the storing of precious things.
    • n closet An inclosed or inside part.
    • n closet In heraldry, a diminutive of the bar, one half of its width.
    • closet Restricted, as to a closet; pertaining to or done in privacy or seclusion; suitable to or designed for private consideration or use; private; secluded: as, a closet conference or intrigue; closet reflections; a closet book or picture.
    • closet Intimate; sharing one's privacy.
    • closet Fitted only for seclusion or the privacy of a scholar; not adapted to the conditions of a practical life; merely theoretical; unpractical: as, a closet philosopher or theory.
    • closet To inclose or shut up, as in a closet or close compartment.
    • closet To admit into or as into a closet, as for concealment or for private and confidential or clandestine consultation: used chiefly in the past participle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Closet kloz′et a small private room: a recess off a room: a privy: the private chamber of a sovereign, an apartment for private audience or council, or for private or domestic devotions
    • v.t Closet to shut up in or take into a closet: to conceal:—pr.p. clos′eting; pa.p. clos′eted
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Quotations

  • John Spong
    John Spong
    “The priesthood in many ways is the ultimate closet in Western civilization, where gay people particularly have hidden for the past two thousand years.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel%20Johnson
    “Sir, he was dull in company, dull in his closet, dull everywhere. He was dull in a new way, and that made many people think him great.”
  • Marianne Williamson
    Marianne Williamson
    “God is definitely out of the closet.”
  • Lord Chesterfield
    Lord%20Chesterfield
    “Knowledge of the world in only to be acquired in the world, and not in a closet.”
  • Johann Kaspar Lavater
    Johann%20Kaspar%20Lavater
    “Him, who incessantly laughs in the street, you may commonly hear grumbling in his closet.”
  • Charles Dickens
    Charles%20Dickens
    “They are so filthy and bestial that no honest man would admit one into his house for a water-closet doormat.”

Idioms

Skeleton in the closet - If someone has a skeleton in the closet, they have a dark, shameful secret in their past that they want to remain secret.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. closet, little inclosure, dim. of clos,. See Close an inclosure

Usage

In literature:

She hasn't so much as looked inside one of my closets since Mis' Cheriton went.
"Margaret Montfort" by Laura E. Richards
He went into the closet with the lamp.
"Rollo's Philosophy. [Air]" by Jacob Abbott
The lead is flanged over above the floor and the closet set on it.
"Elements of Plumbing" by Samuel Dibble
Snorky rose briskly and, repairing to his closet, disappeared on all fours.
"Skippy Bedelle" by Owen Johnson
She slipped off her shoes and went to a closet in the wall.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
The upper table-cloth was kept in a trunk that had to stand in front of the door to the closet under the stairs.
"The Peterkin Papers" by Lucretia P Hale
Wilhelmine from her powdering-closet could hear Forstner's deep voice, but, though she much desired it, she could not distinguish the words.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
Use a closet and a chest of drawers for your clothes.
"The Complete Bachelor" by Walter Germain
There's a skeleton in most family closets.
"The Opened Shutters" by Clara Louise Burnham
The porter opened the door of the linen closet wherein Lily the mascot goat was quietly eating her third pillow case.
"Lady Luck" by Hugh Wiley
There is also a greater abundance of closets, though smaller.
"Woodward's Country Homes" by George E. Woodward
At one end was a small bathroom and a clothing closet.
"The Rover Boys at Big Horn Ranch" by Edward Stratemeyer
Ned arose and went into the sleeping room, from which opened a bathroom and a large closet.
"Boy Scouts in the Canal Zone" by G. Harvey Ralphson
She was seated in the middle of the floor, and almost buried beneath the contents of every drawer and closet in the room.
"Caps and Capers" by Gabrielle E. Jackson
They were in a pretty little wooden box in the sitting-room closet.
"A Little Maid of Ticonderoga" by Alice Turner Curtis
Every cupboard and closet was gone over.
"Hester's Counterpart" by Jean K. Baird
That door," he continued, "communicates with a small closet, which is accessible by no other means.
"Wagner, the Wehr-Wolf" by George W. M. Reynolds
Well, when they went to look for it, there was no little room there; there was only a shallow china-closet.
"Shapes that Haunt the Dusk" by Various
Fouchette was not in the least intimidated when she found herself closeted alone with this mighty personage.
"Mlle. Fouchette" by Charles Theodore Murray
The letters in the box hid on the shelf of the closet in the upper chamber.
"At the Crossroads" by Harriet T. Comstock
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In poetry:

Years like moths
erode internal organs
hanging or falling
in a spoiled closet.
"An Old Woman" by Mina Loy
On a closet-shelf it dwells,
In the darkest corner of all,
Mid rolls of woollen and fur,
And faint, forgotten smells
Of last year's lavender.
"My Little Ghost" by Susan Coolidge
The creatures there that bury
And hide within its rooms,
And spidered closets--very
Dim with gray webs--will hurry
Out when the twilight glooms.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part III" by Madison Julius Cawein
Now your head, excuse me, is empty.
I have the ticket for that.
Come here, sweetie, out of the closet.
Well, what do you think of that ?
Naked as paper to start
"The Applicant" by Sylvia Plath
Shut to thy closet door — kneel on the floor —
Lift up thine eyes — unlock thy lips to pray —
With humble attitude thy God adore
And humble heart, at least three times a day.
"Stanza's Concerning Some Persons And Things, That Are Mentioned In The Holy Scriptures" by Rees Prichard
For, all her curiosity Awakened by the closet he
So carefully had hidden, And forbidden
Her to see,
This damsel disobedient Did something inexpedient,
And in the keyhole tiny Turned the shiny
Little key:
"How The Helpmate Of Blue-Beard Made Free With A Door" by Guy Wetmore Carryl

In news:

Just over the Montana border, closeted in their own private Idaho, the gay sheep were getting it on.
My "sisters" are closet nudists .
Because getting to undress you is half the fun, why not steal your coverup straight from his closet.
Sean Moynihan, a Denver deputy district attorney, has a skeleton in his closet: In the early '90s, he perpetrated sex crimes as a character on the soap opera "One Life to Live".
From uniform shirts, to duty jackets, to tactical pants and polos, you need a fairly well stocked closet to report for duty.
Should I invest in off-site storage for my sports equipment and winter coats, to make my closets seem more spacious to potential buyers.
Customers seldom realize that an oily substance has stained a garment and hang it in the closet.
Inside was a small padded room about the size of a custodial closet, with yellow stains on the padding .
Posted December 2, 2008 The ongoing skinny trend means it's time to rethink that puffy coat you've stashed in your closet.
Discovery payload includes more closet space.
This infographic shows a close-up look at the PMM module, a space closet for the International Space Station.
He told us about an incident that happened recently where his son was running around naked and peed in the closet.
Well, all except for one guest room and my master bedroom closet — I've got to psych myself up or get some drugs and therapy to get through those rooms.
There are two kinds of offices: Type A and Type B Type A offices have tidy refrigerators and supply closets filled with neatly stacked boxes of pens and paper clips.
Jason Picaro holds his daughter Kalena, 5, as she reaches for items on the top shelf of his closet at his home.
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In science:

On a compact Riemannian manifold, the closet analogue to random Euclidean plane waves of fixed frequency is that of random spherical harmonics of fixed degree on Sm , where one now puts the SO(m + 1)-invariant normalized Gaussian measure.
Real and complex zeros of Riemannian random waves
FTF BIC is the closet model to data in the periphery of the shower.
Comparison of hadron shower data with simulations
You might think the small coupling limit is trivial, though possibly tedious, to analyze: you just lock a theorist up in a closet with some paper and have them do perturbation theory by computing a bunch of Feynman diagrams to whatever order is desired.
Hot or dense matter
Anthropic Cosmology I close this summary by coming out of the closet as a believer in anthropic cosmology.
CIW Cosmology Symposium: Conference Summary -- Observations
The independent methods for determining α that come closet to our accuracy are the “atom-recoil” measurements, so called because their uncertainty is limited by measurements of recoil velocities in Rb and Cs atoms.
Cavity Control of a Single-Electron Quantum Cyclotron:\\Measuring the Electron Magnetic Moment
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