• WordNet 3.6
    • n barndoor an opaque adjustable flap on a lamp fixture; used in photography to cut off light from particular areas
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In literature:

The day hardened in colour, the light coming in at the barndoors upwards from the snow instead of downwards from the sky.
"Tess of the d'Urbervilles" by Thomas Hardy
You see, I didn't go to New Guinea in search of a barndoor fowl.
"Phyllis of Philistia" by Frank Frankfort Moore
There is not much apparent resemblance between a barndoor Fowl and the Dog who protects the farm-yard.
"Lectures and Essays" by T.H. Huxley
The old barndoor hen hatched her eggs and bred up her chicks better than the fine prize fowl.
"More Bywords" by Charlotte M. Yonge
This in turn makes it certain that the pheasants in the bag must have been nearly as tame as barndoor fowl.
"The Land of Contrasts" by James Fullarton Muirhead
The poison was then tried on a barndoor fowl, which was not one penny the worse.
"Historical Mysteries" by Andrew Lang
Arrival at my quiet Vicarage of a donkey, a cow, two pigs, and a dozen barndoor fowls!
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 104, February 25, 1893" by Various
And when we left, some of his barndoor fowls were still there to see us off!
"With the Guards' Brigade from Bloemfontein to Koomati Poort and Back" by Edward P. Lowry
Ireland is a wonderful country for crows and ravens, which hop about the village streets as tame as barndoor fowls.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
This match was known as "The Barndoor Match" or "Ward's Folly," and the professionals won by an innings and 10 runs.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6" by Various

In poetry:

Picking up change, hands like a walrus,
and a face like a barndoor's,
and a head without any apparent size,
nothing but two eyes—
"A Wicker Basket" by Robert Creeley

In news:

Western Barndoor Hill Is An Infant Next To Mount McKinley.
A coyote forages for some food in a field of cabbage at the intersection of Holcolmb and Barndoor Hills roads in Simsbury Monday morning.
The third generation RevEAL Studio Fresnel (SF3) from Prism Projection builds on the accomplishments of the previous models but with a wider range of beam angle adjustment (8° to 90°) and seamless integration with standard barndoors.