ornamentation

Definitions

  • Pectoral Ornament of Usirtasen Iii
    Pectoral Ornament of Usirtasen Iii
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ornamentation the act of adding extraneous decorations to something
    • n ornamentation something used to beautify
    • n ornamentation the state of being ornamented
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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)
    • Ornamentation That which ornaments.
    • Ornamentation The act or art of ornamenting, or the state of being ornamented.
    • Ornamentation The ornaments embellishing an object, collectively; as, each room of the palace had a strikingly different ornamentation .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ornamentation The act or process of ornamenting or of producing ornament.
    • n ornamentation Ornament in general; the whole mass of ornament applied to an object or used in combination: as, the ornamentation of a building.
    • n ornamentation In zoology, the colors, markings, hairs, spines, etc., on the surface of an animal. It is sometimes distinguished from sculpture, but properly includes it. The characters of the ornamentation are generally only of specific value (though they may aid in distinguishing groups), owing to the fact that similar ornaments are often found in related species. See cut under Milesia.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Ornamentation act or art of ornamenting:
    • ns Ornamentation (archit.) ornamental work
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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
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    “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

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. ornement—L. ornamentumornāre, to adorn.

Usage

In literature:

Value for planting: Commonly planted as an ornamental tree and for hedges.
"Studies of Trees" by Jacob Joshua Levison
Well done for wimmen; they have riz up for once above gauzes, and flummeries, and ornaments.
"Samantha at the World's Fair" by Marietta Holley
Has your Lodge any ornaments?
"The Mysteries of Free Masonry" by William Morgan
They are quite ornamental in flower and plant.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
Then, to ornament the vase, it was filled with pitch, and the design traced on the outside.
"Arts and Crafts in the Middle Ages" by Julia De Wolf Addison
We, therefore, must not expect ornament that is not probable, in a discourse.
"The Training of a Public Speaker" by Grenville Kleiser
Bowl; a double-scalloped, ornamental, broad marginal band and a cross ornament internally.
"Illustrated Catalogue of the Collections Obtained from the Indians of New Mexico in 1880" by James Stevenson
Zuni dance ornaments 372 Fig.
"Illustrated Catalogue Of The Collections Obtained From The Indians Of New Mexico And Arizona In 1879" by James Stevenson
Internally, the beauty of the church is wholly due to its exquisite wall-ornaments.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
To lovers of ornamental bedding this must prove a first-rate plant.
"Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers" by John Wood
Slices of cucumber pickles, capers, or other ornaments, may be used.
"Salads, Sandwiches and Chafing-Dish Dainties" by Janet McKenzie Hill
The long hair of the strip crossing to the neck is generally gathered and braided into two ornamental queues.
"The Seminole Indians of Florida" by Clay MacCauley
The women were distinguished by high rounded turbans, ornamented with plaits or folds.
"Discoveries among the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon" by Austen H. Layard
Post 8vo, Cloth, Ornamental, $1.75.
"Peeps at People" by John Kendrick Bangs
There are pectoral crosses more or less fanciful, worn as relics and ornaments of dress.
"Curiosities of Christian History" by Croake James
Batista himself, and both eminent ornamental painters during that period.
"The History of Painting in Italy, Vol. V (of 6)" by Luigi Antonio Lanzi
The usual ornament is a conventional flower pattern, pricked in from paper and dusted along the pricking.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 4" by Various
Structure conditions ornament, not ornament structure.
"The Decoration of Houses" by Edith Wharton
The cock is ornamented with ribands of various colours.
"Musical Myths and Facts, Volume I (of 2)" by Carl Engel
Each letter is painted on a ground of leaf-gold highly burnished, and is ornamented with a natural flower.
"Lessons in the Art of Illuminating" by W. J. Loftie
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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
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
One onelie liues, her ages ornament,
And myrrour of her Makers maiestie;
That with rich bountie and deare cherishment,
Supports the praise of noble Poësie:
Ne onelie fauours them which it professe,
But is herselfe a peereles Poëtresse.
"The Teares of the Muses" by Edmund Spenser
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:

Funding cuts could mean big changes for chemical companies and crop protection products BASF Professional Turf & Ornamentals Sales Manager Steve Larson explains.
Syngenta announced that Medallion WDG will replace Medallion WP in the ornamental market.
Garden ornaments decorate the entry to this St Elmo residence.
Making Ornaments from a Simple Tube.
A native of Mobile, Ryan received a bachelor's degree in ornamental horticulture from Auburn University and was a graduate of McGill Institute.
Friendship, like all truth, delights in plainness and simplicity, and it is the counterfeit alone that needs ornament and ostentation.
Athens Area Chamber of Commerce President Doc Eldridge said he recently bought some Christmas ornaments at the downtown gift shop Frontier.
I stepped outside this morning to see a Praying Mantis on a yard ornament next to my patio.
It's a nice piece of ornamentation with a serious side.
P-R PHOTO/ROB FOUNTAIN Many of the Christmas ornaments in this home featured during the Secret Holiday House Tour were made by the couple who live there.
The display includes 1,500 trees, 700 wreaths and 20,000 ornaments.
Boston Celtics 2008 NBA Champions ornament.
Recently the high school art students at West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT) were selected by Gov Rick Snyder to create ornaments for the state's tree at the National Christmas Tree display in Washington D.C.
Morgan Rose and Jonathan Bloedel place an ornament inside a wreath during a wreath making class at Trinity Lutheran Church.
Arts & Craft Class: Kids' Clay Ornaments (Ages 5-7).
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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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