• WordNet 3.6
    • n coulisse a timber member grooved to take a sliding panel
    • n coulisse a flat situated in the wings
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Coulisse A fluting in a sword blade.
    • Coulisse A piece of timber having a groove in which something glides.
    • Coulisse One of the side scenes of the stage in a theater, or the space included between the side scenes.
    • Coulisse The outside stock exchange, or “curb market,” of Paris.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n coulisse A piece of channeled or grooved timber, as one of the slides in which the side scenes of a theater run, the upright post of a flood-gate or sluice, etc. See cullis.
    • n coulisse Hence One of the side scenes of the stage in a theater, or the space included between the side scenes.
    • n coulisse A flute or groove on the blade of a sword.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Coulisse kōō-lis′ a piece of grooved wood, as the slides in which the side-scenes of a theatre run—hence, the side-scene of a theatre.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. couler, to flow, glide
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—couler, to glide, to flow—L. colāre, to flow.


In literature:

The Natur-Theater was of a classic ideal, realized in the trained vines and clipped trees which formed the coulisses.
"The March Family Trilogy, Complete" by William Dean Howells
The opera must be reached at all hazards, the coulisses must be entered; these are the abuses that must be revived.
"The Duchess of Berry and the Court of Charles X" by Imbert De Saint-Amand
I am eternally hanging round dans les coulisses, I am never in the play.
"A Hilltop on the Marne" by Mildred Aldrich
Sale in blank was absolutely forbidden, and in the coulisse business was at a standstill.
"New York Times Current History: The European War from the Beginning to March 1915, Vol 1, No. 2" by Various
She is illiterate, coarse, heartless, but she was handsome, and she drew me to the coulisses.
"Beatrice Boville and Other Stories" by Ouida
There appears at the door of coulisse No.
"Hesperus or Forty-Five Dog-Post-Days Vol. I." by Jean Paul Friedrich Richter
He lets us see his show from the coulisses.
"Modern Essays" by John Macy
Porte a coulisse Sliding door.
"English-French and French-English dictionary of the motor car, cycle, and boat" by Frederick Lucas