• WordNet 3.6
    • n lunette oval or circular opening; to allow light into a dome or vault
    • n lunette temporary fortification like a detached bastion
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lunette (Fort) A fieldwork consisting of two faces, forming a salient angle, and two parallel flanks. See Bastion.
    • Lunette (Far) A half horseshoe, which lacks the sponge.
    • Lunette A kind of watch crystal which is more than ordinarily flattened in the center; also, a species of convexoconcave lens for spectacles.
    • Lunette A piece of felt to cover the eye of a vicious horse.
    • Lunette An iron shoe at the end of the stock of a gun carriage.
    • Lunette (Arch) Any surface of semicircular or segmental form; especially, the piece of wall between the curves of a vault and its springing line.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lunette In fortification, a detached work with flanks, presenting a salient angle to the enemy, intended for the protection of avenues, bridges, and the curtains of fieldworks.
    • n lunette In farriery, a halfhorseshoe, having only the front.
    • n lunette A blinder for the eye of a horse.
    • n lunette In architecture
    • n lunette The aperture formed by the intersection of any vault by a vault of smaller dimensions; particularly, such an aperture in a vaulted ceiling for the admission of light. Of this class are the upper lights of the naves of St. Peter's at Rome and St. Paul's in London.
    • n lunette A small aperture or window, especially if curved or circular, in a roof.
    • n lunette In a glass-furnace, the flue connecting the fire-chamber and the pot-chamber.
    • n lunette A watch-crystal flattened in the center; also, a kind of concavo-convex lens for spectacles.
    • n lunette In archaeology, a crescent ornament made of thin gold and intended as a diadem or gorget, found in ancient tombs of various epochs.
    • n lunette A work of art of such a shape as to fill a lunette, especially a painting or panel of such shape: as, the lunettes of Correggio.
    • n lunette One of the two open loops of steel which constitute the guard of the ordinary fleuret or foil used in fencing.
    • n lunette In artillery, an iron ring at the end of the trail-plate of a gun-carriage, to be placed over the pintle-hook of the limber in limbering up.
    • n lunette In the Roman Catholic Church, a crescent-shaped or circular case of crystal fitted into the monstrance for the purpose of receiving the consecrated host for solemn exposition.
    • n lunette The circular hole in a guillotine in which the neck of the condemned rests.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lunette a little moon:
    • n Lunette (fort.) a detached bastion: a hole in a concave ceiling to admit light: a watch-glass flattened more than usual in the centre: in the R.C. Church, a moon-shaped case of crystal used for receiving the consecrated host
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., dim. of lune, moon, L. luna,. See Lune a crescent
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. lune—L. luna.


In literature:

Nos sportsmen declarent que ces lunettes de motoristes favorisent l'anonymat.
"Mr. Punch Awheel"
Unes: unes chauces, unes tenailles, unes lunettes, XXVI.
"An Introductorie for to Lerne to Read, To Pronounce, and to Speke French Trewly" by Anonymous
In the first chapel is a "Nativity" by Pinturicchio, who also painted the lunettes.
"Italy, the Magic Land" by Lilian Whiting
On the lunette is the Coronation of the Virgin.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
The founder of the Pere Lunette, a Sieur Lefebvre, is said to have made a fortune by it.
"Paris from the Earliest Period to the Present Day; Volume 1" by William Walton
The walls, also, are four, and between the spandrels they form four lunettes.
"Lives of the most Eminent Painters Sculptors and Architects" by Giorgio Vasari
The bas-relief is one of two lunettes placed over opposite doors in the cathedral of Florence.
"Tuscan Sculpture of the Fifteenth Century" by Estelle M. Hurll
The front ditches of the lunettes were flanked by caponiers.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 6" by Various
These soon silenced its guns, and the lunette was abandoned by the garrison.
"The Franco-German War of 1870-71" by Count Helmuth, von Moltke
There is neither predella nor lunette at Borgo S. Sepolcro.
"Great Masters in Painting: Perugino" by George C. Williamson
Sepulchral monument with a banquet relief of very rude style, contained in a lunette above the inscribed panel.
"A Catalogue of Sculpture in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum, Volume I (of 2)" by A. H. Smith
Lunettes and redoubts covered all the approaches to the two great gates.
"Martyria" by Augustus C. Hamlin
High up in the lunette of this wall is an interesting fresco referring to a humorous incident of one of the saint's miracles.
"The Story of Assisi" by Lina Duff Gordon
They were built alike, and consisted of a central keep surrounded by four lunettes.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 10" by Various
Luckily there is a red stick for Col. Lunettes" (a half deprecatory glance at me), "the only color gentlemen use.
"The American Gentleman's Guide to Politeness and Fashion" by Henry Lunettes
Amateurs of ugly sights might continue their studies hard by, on the premises of "Gaffer" Lunette, in the Rue des Anglais.
"Nooks and Corners of Old Paris" by Georges Cain
They say that he used to be a tradesman in Paris, with a shop on Quai des Lunettes.
"Paul and His Dog, v.1 (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XIII)" by Charles Paul de Kock
The mosaics in the lunettes of the five doorways are, with one exception, poor in craftsmanship, but interesting in their storiation.
"Venice and its Story" by Thomas Okey
Goggles Lunettes de route.
"English-French and French-English dictionary of the motor car, cycle, and boat" by Frederick Lucas
The great Lunette, see Fig.
"The Progress of Invention in the Nineteenth Century." by Edward W. Byrn

In poetry:

By enterprise and high adventure stirred,
From rude lunette and sentry-guarded croft
They hawked at Empire, and, as on they spurred,
Fate's falcon soared aloft!
"Arms And The Man - The Southern Colonies" by James Barron Hope

In news:

Last week, I finally noticed that they had a link to Granbury's Lunette .
The door was topped with a lunette of small, colored panes of glass.
Elite Screens' Lunette Shows Benefits of Curved Screen.
Elite Screens' Lunette A1080P2 curved frame projection screen features a number of innovations that enhance the viewing experience.