• WordNet 3.6
    • v spangle decorate with spangles "the star-spangled banner"
    • v spangle glitter as if covered with spangles
    • n spangle adornment consisting of a small piece of shiny material used to decorate clothing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The "Star Spangled Banner" did not become a national anthem until 1931. It was designated by an Act of Congress
    • Spangle A small plate or boss of shining metal; something brilliant used as an ornament, especially when stitched on the dress.
    • Spangle Figuratively, any little thing that sparkless. "The rich spangles that adorn the sky."
    • v. t Spangle To set or sprinkle with, or as with, spangles; to adorn with small, distinct, brilliant bodies; as, a spangled breastplate. "What stars do spangle heaven with such beauty?"
    • v. i Spangle To show brilliant spots or points; to glisten; to glitter. "Some men by feigning words as dark as mine
      Make truth to spangle , and its rays to shine."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The music for "The Star Spangled Banner" comes from a British drinking song named "Anacreon."
    • n spangle A small piece of glittering material, such as metal foil; hence, any small sparkling object. Formerly spangles were often lozenge-shaped; now they are usually circular, very small, and sewed upon theatrical and other garments through holes with which they are pierced. In old embroidery they were of many forms.
    • n spangle One of the small metal clasps used in fastening the tapes and wires of a hoop-skirt.
    • n spangle A spongy excrescence on the oak. See oakspangle.
    • spangle To set or cover with many small bright objects or points; especially, to decorate with spangles. as a garment.
    • spangle To glitter; glisten, like anything set with spangles.
    • n spangle One of many small, somewhat triangular spots on the wing of a pigeon or fowl.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Francis Scott Key wrote the words to "The Star-Spangled Banner" on the back on an envelope. The music is from an old English drinking song called "To Anacreon in Heaven."
    • n Spangle spang′gl a small, thin plate or boss of shining metal: anything sparkling and brilliant, like a spangle
    • v.t Spangle to adorn with spangles
    • v.i Spangle to glitter
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  • Samuel Beckett
    “I shall state silences more competently than ever a better man spangled the butterflies of vertigo.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. spangel, dim. of AS. spange,. See Spang a spangle


In literature:

There the teams travel with rows of brazen spangles down their necks, some with a wheatsheaf for design, some with a swan.
"Nature Near London" by Richard Jefferies
Mrs. Noah made Marjorie a wonderful dress, covered with gold spangles.
"The Cruise of the Noah's Ark" by David Cory
You had shown me those spangles.
"The Circular Study" by Anna Katharine Green
For the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
"Continental Monthly , Vol I, Issue I, January 1862" by Various
Starry blue flowers, violets and pink crocuses spangled the banks as we wound onward, between the great trunks.
"Seeing Europe with Famous Authors, Vol VIII" by Various
Of all the gods who tread the spangled skies, Thou most unjust, most odious in our eyes!
"Raemaekers' Cartoons" by Louis Raemaekers
The gold, in minute spangles, is washed down by the rivers at flood time, chiefly from the Llanganati Mountains.
"The Andes and the Amazon" by James Orton
The whole performance closed with the Star Spangled Banner sung by the writer, the guests all joining in the chorus.
"Sixty Years of California Song" by Margaret Blake-Alverson
They all saw the flag, and the band played the Star Spangled Banner as they passed.
"Tell Me Another Story" by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
She herself reclined under an awning spangled with gold, attired as Venus and fanned by Cupids.
"A Smaller History of Rome" by William Smith and Eugene Lawrence
Seven small misses personate the fairies, and their costume consists of a short white dress, decorated with silver spangles.
"Home Pastimes; or Tableaux Vivants" by James H. Head
Zaretti no longer wore her spangled pink dress.
"Horses Nine" by Sewell Ford
It was a moonless night, but the sky was clear and spangled with stars.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
There was the fern-design, spangled with Sweet William, for instance.
"The Best Short Stories of 1915" by Various
Gold threads and spangles, arranged in fashion similar to the sprays in fig.
"Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving" by Grace Christie
Towards the close the band struck up, "The Star Spangled Banner," then, "God Save the King.
"The Delta of the Triple Elevens" by William Elmer Bachman
They finished up the adornment of the face by sticking it all over with gold spangles.
"The Pirate City" by R.M. Ballantyne
He had no taste for star-spangled bed-curtains, when solid walls, whiter than the purest dimity, were to be had for nothing.
"The World of Ice" by R.M. Ballantyne
This Admirable Crichton was spangled all over well-earned badges, indicating his accomplishments.
"Experiences of a Dug-out, 1914-1918" by Charles Edward Callwell
The water broke before them into spangles, glittering phosphorescent ripples.
"Prisoners of Hope" by Mary Johnston

In poetry:

Only a "Star Spangled banner,"
The Negro saw it wave,
But he saw not "land of free"
Neither "home of brave."
"Only" by Frank Barbour Coffin
God's blue star-spangled banner
To-night is not unfurled,
Surely He has not deserted
This weary, warring world.
"A Rainy Day in Camp" by Anonymous Americas
No marigolds yet closed are;
No shadows great appear;
Nor doth the early shepherds' star
Shine like a spangle here.
"To Daisies, Not To Shut So Soon" by Robert Herrick
Millions of essences,
Fairy-like presences
Formless as yet;
Light-riven spangles,
Crystalline tangles
Floating unset.
"Mist And Frost" by Duncan Campbell Scott
No night is here, for to eclipse
Its spangling rays so bright;
Nor doubt, nor fear to shut the lips,
Of those within this light.
"Of Heaven" by John Bunyan
For dreary were this earth, if earth were all,
Tho' brightened oft by dear Affection's kiss; -
Who for the spangles wears the funeral pall?
But catch a gleam beyond it, and 'tis bliss.
"Twenty-Third Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble

In news:

As the nation has begun its celebration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812, which gave us "The Star-Spangled Banner," we also observe Flag Day .
Hundreds gather to marry Star-Spangled Banner with 9/11 Flag as part of 'Sailabration'.
Scout's project a star-spangled gift to Grange .
Jennifer Hudson 's rendition of the Star Spangled Banner was just breathtaking.
An Immigrant's 'Star-Spangled Banner,' En Español.
He is a star-spangled conservative American with a deep reverence for St Ronald Reagan, "Ham" Rove and the unlimited wealth of secret Super PACs.
Star-spangled from the start, steady till the end — lawdy, lawdy: he really was great.
Simply apply two coats of the Glitter Grip polish, and then dip your tips in the pot of spangles.
'Star-Spangled Banner': the anthem that challenges the meek and the mighty.
Michael Jackson 's 'Bad' jacket, spangled gloves sold at auction.
Sales of 'Star-Spangled Banner' coins to end Dec 17.
The US Mint will end sales of coins commemorating the 200th anniversary of the writing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" later this month.
Why do we sing the Star Spangled Banner before all sporting events in America.
For our Warm Potato Salad recipe, see page 23 of "Star-Spangled Celebration," in the June/July 2009 issue of Taste of the South magazine.
The Kidd's "Star Spangled Celebration" is their largest fundraiser.