• WordNet 3.6
    • n visor a brim that projects to the front to shade the eyes "he pulled down the bill of his cap and trudged ahead"
    • n visor a piece of armor plate (with eye slits) fixed or hinged to a medieval helmet to protect the face
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Armored knights raised their visors to identify themselves when they rode past their king. This custom has become the modern military salute.
    • Visor A mask used to disfigure or disguise. "My very visor began to assume life.""My weaker government since, makes you pull off the visor ."
    • Visor A part of a helmet, arranged so as to lift or open, and so show the face. The openings for seeing and breathing are generally in it.
    • Visor The fore piece of a cap, projecting over, and protecting the eyes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The military salute originated during the medieval times. Knights in armor used to raise their visors to reveal their identity, and the motion later evolved into the modern-day salute.
    • n visor etc. See vizor, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The salute of uniform bodies (eg. army, police) originated from knights who lifted their visors to show their face to a royalty.
    • n Visor viz′ur a part of a helmet covering the face, movable, and perforated to see through (see Armour): a mask
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. visere, F. visière, fr. OF. vis,. See Visage Vision
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. visièrevis, countenance.


In literature:

Beneath the visor was an opening for the eyes and lower down one for the mouth.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
A married Ruth Visor, and they went to Lunnon Town.
"A Brother To Dragons and Other Old-time Tales" by Amelie Rives
He laughed like a boy when the holidays heighten, But a soldier's glance shot from his visor beneath.
"How the Flag Became Old Glory" by Emma Look Scott
The leader of the army looked at the group, stayed his horse, and lifted his visor.
"Robin Tremayne" by Emily Sarah Holt
When the winner staggered stiffly into the ring, Gillis flicked the visor of his cap with his whip.
"Old Man Curry" by Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
The only vulnerable point was the face, and even this was sometimes shielded by the visor.
"Ferdinand De Soto, The Discoverer of the Mississippi" by John S. C. Abbott
A bloated helmet visor was thrust near my own.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
His laugh, muffled and sounding strangely from within the visor, was heard as he joined in the demonstrations of his companion.
"Adrift on the Pacific" by Edward S. Ellis
Through the visors I could see her white face gazing at me rebelliously.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
The blood, gushing freely from the wound, nearly strangled him before his visor could be raised.
"History of the Rise of the Huguenots" by Henry Baird
Above each, an oval visor-screen with its flitting images brought across space the area the switches controlled.
"Astounding Stories, July, 1931" by Various
His visor was raised, and showed a countenance of great command and dignity, answerable to the richness of his attire and arms.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 8 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Terrence wiped plaster off his visor and tried again.
"Narakan Rifles, About Face!" by Jan Smith
Come, take off the damnable Moor's visor.
"Specimens of German Romance" by Carl Franz van der Velde
He was fooling with the helmet, scratching frost from the inside of the visor.
"First Man" by Clyde Brown
Two men sprang towards him and raised his visor.
"A Struggle for Rome, Vol. 2 (of 3)" by Felix Dahn
Teja caught the proffered shield just in time to receive the lance hurled by Johannes, which would otherwise have pierced his visor.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 3" by Felix Dahn
The word traitor to an Irishman's visor calls up a terrible vengeful feeling.
"The Crime of the Century" by Henry M. Hunt
He directed his lance with such force against the helmet of his antagonist, that the bars of the visor gave way.
"History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain." by William H. Prescott
And now for the first time since he had entered the tent he opened his visor.
"With Ring of Shield" by Knox Magee

In poetry:

Wild music echoes in
The hollow towers there;
Behind bright bars o' his visor, stars
Beam in his eyes and glare.
"Death In Life" by Madison Julius Cawein
In its high hall full twenty knights
With visors barred all sternly stand;
The following of some gracious brave,
Lord of the land.
"A Mabinogi" by Madison Julius Cawein
the visors hanging o'er the ear
so that the golden anchors drag,
—the tides of fashion never lag.
Such caps may not be worn next year.
"Exchanging Hats" by Elizabeth Bishop
Across the lonely common, too, intent
Upon his trade of plunder, it is told,
How riding, laced and visored, came and went
The highwayman of old.
"Four Miles From Any Town" by David Gow
"Nay! say not that his faith is tainted!"-
He raised his visor.-At the sight
She fell into his arms and fainted;
It was indeed her one true knight!
"Adelgitha" by Thomas Campbell
My sword unsheathed and certain
Of the visor of my casque,
My steel steps challenged the donjon
My gauntlet should unmask;
But never a knight or varlet
To stay or slay or ask.
"Elphin" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Industry standards say go-kart helmets should all have a visor to protect the driver's eyes.
Dmitry Orlov wears a visor, but not even that could prevent back-to-back bad luck.
St, Sumlin tosses visor .
It's an unwritten rule that players usually take helmets with visors off to fight.
The NHL has been clear in its position that it wants all players to wear visors .
"The league is in support of making visors mandatory and we have proposed a mandatory rule with grandfathering if players prefer," NHL spokesman Gary Meagher said.
Beauchemin's visor might have saved eye.
Alzner hasn't yet decided whether he'll be sans visor in the upcoming season.
Module Turns Visor Into Pocket MP3 Player.
The Good Ol' Hockey Game: NHL needs to wise up about visors.
Pine'eer Craft Club members Liz Palmer, Mary Jolly and Luz Castillo prepare worker identification visors for the Annual Arts and Crafts Festival, set to be held Aug 1, from 9 am to 3 pm in White Horse Park, Ocean Pines.
The Good Ol' Hockey Game : NHL needs to wise up about visors.
He bought $10 worth of tickets and kept the winner in the visor of his car overnight before realizing he was a multimillionaire.
There is Campbell on the practice field, after the morning phone calls, after 18 holes, his Miami visor replaced with a yellow one.
A new visor alone can cost up to $100.