ornament

Definitions

  • Pectoral Ornament of Usirtasen Iii
    Pectoral Ornament of Usirtasen Iii
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v ornament make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc. "Decorate the room for the party","beautify yourself for the special day"
    • v ornament be an ornament to "stars ornamented the Christmas tree"
    • n ornament something used to beautify
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Ornamental plaster was used in a few buildings for enhancing the beauty of both the interior and exterior Ornamental plaster was used in a few buildings for enhancing the beauty of both the interior and exterior
An assortment of glass bottle seals in the Jamestown collection. Some of the wealthy planters had their initials (or other ornamental device) stamped on the shoulders of the wine bottles which they ordered from England An assortment of glass bottle seals in the Jamestown collection. Some of the wealthy planters had their initials (or...
Some bits and bridle ornaments in the Jamestown collection. The artistic designs on many bridle bosses are symbolic of beautiful handiwork performed by craftsmen of a bygone day Some bits and bridle ornaments in the Jamestown collection. The artistic designs on many bridle bosses are symbolic...
Diaper Ornamentation Diaper Ornamentation
Dog's-tooth Ornaments Dog's-tooth Ornaments
Ornaments from Heures a l'Usaige de Chartre Ornaments from Heures a l'Usaige de Chartre
Stem and stern ornaments of galleys Stem and stern ornaments of galleys

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The father of the Pink Flamingo (the plastic lawn ornament) is Don Featherstone of Massachusetts. Featherstone graduated from art school and went to work as a designer for Union Products, a Leominster, Mass., company that manufactures flat plastic lawn ornaments. He designed the pink flamingo in 1957 as a follow up project to his plastic duck. Today, Featherstone is president and part owner of the company that sells an average of 250,000 to 500,000 plastic pink flamingos a year."I did it to keep from starving." - Don Featherstone (flamingo creator)
    • n ornament That which embellishes or adorns; that which adds grace or beauty; embellishment; decoration; adornment. "The ornament of a meek and quiet spirit.""Like that long-buried body of the king
      Found lying with his urns and ornaments ."
    • v. t ornament To adorn; to deck; to embellish; to beautify; as, to ornament a room, or a city.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ornament Any accessory, adjunct, or trapping that serves for use or for both use and adornment, or such accessories, adjuncts, or trappings collectively; hence, equipment, vesture, dress, attire, etc. Thus, in the Catholicon Anglicum (1483), the ornaments of the bed (ornamenta lecti) are enumerated as the pillow, bolster, bedclothes, etc.; and in ecclesiastical usage all accessories used in divine worship, as the holy vessels, the fittings of the altar and chancel, the vestments of the clergy and choir, the font, coronæ, etc., are called ornaments.
    • n ornament Something added as an embellishment; that which embellishes or adorns; whatever lends or is intended to lend grace or beauty to that to which it is added or belongs, as a jewel, a rhetorical embellishment, etc.
    • n ornament An honorary distinction; a decoration; a mark of honor.
    • n ornament One who adds luster to one's sphere or surroundings: as, he is an ornament of his profession.
    • n ornament Embellishment or adornments collectively or in the abstract; adornment; ornamentation; decoration: as, a thing suitable for either use or ornament.
    • n ornament Outward appearance; mere display.
    • n ornament Synonyms Embellishment, adornment. See adorn.
    • ornament To adorn; deck; embellish: as, to ornament a building with sculpture or painting.
    • ornament Synonyms Adorn, Ornament, Decorate, etc. See adorn.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ornament or′na-ment anything that adds grace or beauty: additional beauty: a mark of honour:
    • v.t Ornament to adorn: to furnish with ornaments
    • n Ornament or′na-ment (pl., Pr. Bk.) all the articles used in the services of the church
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Quotations

  • Edmund Burke
    Edmund%20Burke
    “Nobility is a graceful ornament to the civil order. It is the Corinthian capital of polished society.”
  • Sir William Blackstone
    Sir William Blackstone
    “The Royal Navy of England hath ever been its greatest defense and ornament; it is its ancient and natural strength; the floating bulwark of the island.”
  • Aristotle
    Aristotle
    “Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age.”
  • Aristotle
    Aristotle
    “Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Ralph%20Waldo%20Emerson
    “The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.”
  • Martin Luther
    Martin%20Luther
    “The hair is the richest ornament of women.”

Idioms

Neither use nor ornament - Something that serves no purpose and is not aesthetically pleasing is neither use nor ornament.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. ornement, F. ornement, fr. L. ornamentum, fr. ornare, to adorn
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. ornement—L. ornamentumornāre, to adorn.

Usage

In literature:

The plaza is also shaded by thick clusters of ornamental trees.
"Aztec Land" by Maturin M. Ballou
SCULPTURED ORNAMENT AT NINEVEH.
"Architecture" by Thomas Roger Smith
It has fine possibilities, and is lined and beautifully ornamented with thrifty Indian laurels.
"Due South or Cuba Past and Present" by Maturin M. Ballou
So frequent a repetition of the same ornament, and of an ornament so very singular, removes the idea of accident.
"Architectural Antiquities of Normandy" by John Sell Cotman
We went to the Public Gardens, which wuz beautiful with richly colored ornamental shrubbery.
"Around the World with Josiah Allen's Wife" by Marietta Holley
ORNAMENT An ornament used almost exclusively in the E.E.
"Our Homeland Churches and How to Study Them" by Sidney Heath
I therefore deprecate this kind of ornament in textile work.
"Needlework As Art" by Marian Alford
It stands on a pedestal of three ornamented steps.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
Vase with serpent ornamentation 136 202.
"Ancient art of the province of Chiriqui, Colombia" by William Henry Holmes
But there is another circumstance in this ornament still more noticeable.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume II (of 3)," by John Ruskin
It was the twisty-twirly diamond ornament.
"The Girls and I" by Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth
Wainscoat dimmed and ornaments tarnished by tobacco-smoke and the lingering dews of steaming compounds.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
The natives were not naked, like those of the West Indian islands, but wore cotton clothes, and some had ornaments of gold.
"The Story of Extinct Civilizations of the West" by Robert E. Anderson
It will readily be believed that Desgrais' story received all sorts of ornamental additions.
"Weird Tales, Vol. II." by E. T. A. Hoffmann
And such it was said was the influence of her example in Paris, that the ladies ornamented even their shoes with jewels.
"The Art of Needle-work, from the Earliest Ages, 3rd ed." by Elizabeth Stone
It, however, is and has been from remote times very highly prized for jewelry, personal ornamentation and decorative purposes generally.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 4" by Various
He continued to be an ornament to the judiciary, an honor to his country, the faithful friend of human rights and equal justice.
"Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution" by L. Carroll Judson
To be truly ornamental it must combine utility.
"Household Organization" by Florence Caddy
The feathers of birds are used for pillows and beds, for feather dusters, and in various ways for ornament.
"Our Domestic Birds" by John H. Robinson
The stucco workers also assisted them in those relieved ornaments we see in fresco paintings.
"The History of Painting in Italy, Vol. 1 (of 6)" by Luigi Antonio Lanzi
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In poetry:

Adah is Ornament and Orpah
is a Hind,
Naamah is the Sweetness
and Nikol is the Little Brook.
"Lost Paradise" by Jaroslav Seifert
Is she a queen that lies asleep
In a green hill,
With all her silver ornaments
Around her still?
"Blue Flower" by Richard Le Gallienne
Thou art the fairest ornament,
To beautify the form;
Thou art a shelter plac'd by heav'n,
To shield us from the storm.
"To Modesty" by Elizabeth Bath
How far the heav'nly robe exceeds
What earthly princes wear
These ornaments, how bright they shine!
How white the garments are!
"Hymn 20" by Isaac Watts
I send thee not the ornament to do thy beauty grace,
Brighter that beauty could not be, nor fairer thy fair face;
Thou art too beautiful for gems, it is but as a sign
How thou hast tamed a tameless heart, how all my thoughts are thine.
"With A Bracelet In The Form Of A Snake" by Edwin Arnold
WELL I'll console myself, and pardon you,
Cried Damon, when sufficient I can view,
Of ornamented foreheads, just like mine,
To form among themselves a royal line;
'Tis only to employ the magic cup,
From which I learned your secrets by a sup.
"The Magic Cup" by Jean de La Fontaine

In news:

IRVING, Texas – The halls of the Cowboys' Valley Ranch training facility are filled with Christmas trees and ornaments, even if it doesn't feel like much of a holiday season with a 5-6 record.
Analog Roland Orchestra, The Reset Home Ornament.
In some horticulture circles one hears that native plants have fewer pests than other ornamental plants.
Spoons become adorable tree ornaments when you paint Santa's face onto each spoon, then attach them to a small tree with raffia bows.
"Chinese sweatshops now produce not only the toys under our Christmas trees, but even the ornaments that hang on those trees," the statement reads.
The brand-new Tianjin Ornamental Fish Science & Technology Park is the largest of its kind in China, and it will put Tianjin , China, on the ornamental-fish-industry map.
Ornamental Fish in Tianjin , China.
The Cuban treefrog spreads not only via ornamental plants, but also by motorized vehicles, trailered boats, and many other unusual methods.
2012 'Ornament of Hope' a tribute to Richardson.
Each year the organization sells the ornament to raise funds for their adult literacy programs in the tri-county.
McAlister's Deli Tea ornaments $4.99 + Tumbler package.
McAlister's Deli has a cute 2012 tea ornament for sale -- $4.99 for a mini tea tumbler .
The large regular tumbler and the ornament can be purcahsed in a combo for $15.
Clip-on bird ornaments reinforce the natural theme.
Yellow iris spreads, another "ornamental" invader.
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In science:

The stem itself consists of a symbol and additional ornaments which are symbol specific, that is, the system contains a set of hooks where one can provide arbitrary code that defines the meaning and visual representation of that particular symbol.
A novel approach to symbolic algebra
Via those means, it is e.g. possible to extend the system by a definition of a del symbol which carries as ornament some other field plus an index and renders e.g. ((del ((F) (down .
A novel approach to symbolic algebra
Improvisatorial addition of ornaments, especially popular in playing the Baroque music, does not change the overall melody.
Music in Terms of Science
These traits are sexual differences such as greater strength and weapons in males, bright colouring and other ornaments.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
An indirect benefit results for the female if the male trait reveals information about the viability of its possessor, for instance if an ornament that is in good shape indicates resistance to parasites.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
This plausibility argument that sexual selection can drive speciation is supported by a recent investigation of speciation and feather ornaments in birds [156].
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
It was found that genera containing more species have a higher proportion of ornamented species than genera with fewer species, suggesting that ornamentation facilitates speciation.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
Glasses have been of use to mankind from early on, be it as arrowheads for the stone age people of Corsica and the Americas, the obsidian battle axes and swords of the Aztecs, pumice scrappers for animal hides, or the tektite ornaments and fertility symbols of our ancestors.
Formulation of thermodynamics for the glassy state: configurational energy as a modest source of energy
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