• WordNet 3.6
    • v curtain provide with drapery "curtain the bedrooms"
    • n curtain hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window)
    • n curtain any barrier to communication or vision "a curtain of secrecy","a curtain of trees"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Carlsbad, New Mexico, it's legal for couples to have sex in a parked vehicle during their lunch break from work, as long as the car or van has drawn curtains to stop strangers from peeking in.
    • Curtain A flag; an ensign; -- in contempt.
    • Curtain A hanging screen intended to darken or conceal, and admitting of being drawn back or up, and reclosed at pleasure; esp., drapery of cloth or lace hanging round a bed or at a window; in theaters, and like places, a movable screen for concealing the stage.
    • Curtain (Arch) That part of a wall of a building which is between two pavilions, towers, etc.
    • Curtain (Fort) That part of the rampart and parapet which is between two bastions or two gates. See Illustrations of Ravelin and Bastion.
    • v. t Curtain To inclose as with curtains; to furnish with curtains. "So when the sun in bed Curtained with cloudy red."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The curtain or veil used by some Hindus and Moslems to seclude or hide their women from strangers is called a "purdah."
    • n curtain A hanging screen of a textile fabric (or rarely of leather) used to close an opening, as a doorway or an alcove, to shut out the light from a window, and for similar purposes. See blind, shade, portière, lambrequin; also altar-curtain and hanging. Specifically— The large sheet of stuff used to inclose and conceal the stage in a theater. It is usually attached to a roller by its loose extremity, and is withdrawn by rolling it up from below. Hangings of stuff used at the windows of inhabited rooms: sometimes fixed at top, and capable of being looped up below; sometimes secured at top to rings which run on a rod, and therefore capable of being withdrawn toward the sides.
    • n curtain Hangings used to shut in or screen a bedstead.
    • n curtain Hence Whatever covers or conceals like a curtain or hangings.
    • n curtain One of the movable pieces of canvas or other material forming a tent.
    • n curtain In fortification, that part of a rampart which is between the flanks of two bastions or between two towers or gates, and bordered with a parapet, behind which the soldiers stand to fire on the covered way and into the moat. See cuts under bastion and crown-work.
    • n curtain An ensign or flag.
    • n curtain In mycology, same as cortina.
    • n curtain A plate in a lock designed to fall over the keyhole as a mask to prevent tampering with the lock.
    • n curtain The leaden plate which divides into compartments the large leaden chamber in which sulphuric acid is produced by the oxidation of sulphurous compounds in the ordinary process of manufacture.
    • curtain To inclose with or as with curtains; furnish or provide with curtains.
    • n curtain In hydraul. engm., a woven fabric of brushwood or withes, such as branches of willows, placed in a stream to retard the current and permit the deposition of silt, or to compel scour and remove it.
    • n curtain A vertical fold of the mantle within the margins of the valves of certain pelecypods (the pectens).
    • n curtain In architecture, a wall which serves as an inclosure rather than as a support. Thus the wall beneath a large window, as in a church, or that between two buttresses which carry the vault and roof without its assistance, is a curtain.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Curtain kur′tin drapery hung round and enclosing a bed, &c.: the part of a rampart between two bastions
    • v.t Curtain to enclose or furnish with curtains
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  • Rainer Maria Rilke
    “Who's not sat tense before his own heart's curtain.”
  • Francois Rabelais
    Francois Rabelais
    “Draw the curtain, the fraud is over.”
  • Alexander Pope
    “Lo! thy dread empire, Chaos! is restored; dies before thy uncreating word: thy hand, great Anarch! lets the curtain fall; and universal darkness buries all.”
  • Doug Horton
    “Conscience is the window of our spirit, evil is the curtain.”
  • Francois Rabelais
    Francois Rabelais
    “I am going to seek a great purpose, draw the curtain, the farce is played.”
  • Edward M. Forster
    “At night, when the curtains are drawn and the fire flickers, my books attain a collective dignity.”


Bring the curtain down - If you bring the curtain down on something, you bring it to a end.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE.cortin, curtin,fr. OF. cortine, curtine, F. courtine, LL. cortina, curtian (in senses 1 and 2), also, small court, small inclosure surrounded by walls, from cortis, court. See Court


In literature:

Don Giuseppe agreed and the curtain fell.
"Castellinaria and Other Sicilian Diversions" by Henry Festing Jones
Isabelle appeared before the sheets which served as curtain.
"The Cricket" by Marjorie Cooke
At length the curtains of the recess were pushed aside and a tall figure appeared.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
In a few moments Zal and Rustum came in bearing between them a gilded litter curtained with crimson silk.
"The Proud Prince" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
Having paced away some of her restlessness, Betty stopped by the cabin window and pushed aside one of the short, calico curtains.
"The Branding Iron" by Katharine Newlin Burt
The last notes of the chorus rang out, and amidst a burst of applause the curtain fell.
"Patty's Summer Days" by Carolyn Wells
There was a perfectly perceptible pause, during which Miss Mapp noticed that there were no curtains over the window.
"Miss Mapp" by Edward Frederic Benson
The red curtains flew out towards him.
"Tongues of Conscience" by Robert Smythe Hichens
Finally one of them pushed her into the car, pulled the shabby curtains down, and got in himself.
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux
The comedian went before the curtain and entertained the audience until midnight.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman

In poetry:

The Gypsy Woman
Lives on the moor,
She sleeps in a tent
With a curtained door.
"The Gypsy Woman" by Ethel Clifford
O mighty Sowanna!
Thy gateways unfold,
From thy wigwam of sunset
Lift curtains of gold!
"The Bridal of Pennacook" by John Greenleaf Whittier
What daunts thee now? what shakes thee so?
My sad soul say.
"I see a cloud like a curtain low
Hang o'er my way.
"My Soul And I" by John Greenleaf Whittier
When lo! upon a day there came
A Man, with placid brow,
Who rent the curtain--and the light
Is gushing on me now.
"Song Of The Converted Heathen" by James Avis Bartley
God's pity spare a guilty soul
That drama of its ill,
And let the scenic curtain fall
On Birchbrook's haunted mill
"Birchbrook Mill" by John Greenleaf Whittier
But, ah! what mortal knows the hour
Of fate? a hand unseen
Upon the curtain ever rests,
And sudden shifts the scene.
"A Tale" by John Logan

In news:

Grain Design, a design collective made up of a few very talented former RISD classmates, has launched their first commercially-avaialable product: Ty, the recyclable shower curtain ($30 from Grain).
Why does the shower curtain blow into the bathtub, not out into the room.
Ellis Inc, Curtain Manufacturers in North Plymouth and Fall River, Mass.
Silky white curtains flutter next to a minimalist daybed.
So the guy behind the curtain at HD Sports Guide created his own.
The curtain goes up at 7 pm Friday and Saturday, and at 2 pm for Sunday's matinee.
Take a look behind the curtain.
Vinyl Curtains Help Manufacturer Split the Difference in Shared Space.
It's like pulling back the curtain on the Wizard of Oz, and revealing that a lot can go wrong behind the scenes here in TV land.
Mars manufactures packaged heating and cooling make-up air systems and commercial and industrial air curtains.
From behind the Iron Curtain.
Until then, it built generations-old Renaults for the other side of the Iron Curtain.
Monday-Wednesday, dinner 5:30 pm, curtain 7 p.m.
"Hmm, maybe I should create a tapestry curtain from succulents ," I thought.
Horizontal line sunshades are most effective when used on tall expanses of glass or on curtain walls where attaching a series of cantilevered sunshades on top of each other is not practical.

In science:

It is possible, that a dense curtain of weak lines from the iron group elements remains undetected.
FUSE Spectroscopy of the Two Prototype White Dwarfs With Signatures of a Super-hot Wind
Although the disk absorption spectrum is at least ten times too weak to be visible in optical iron lines during these occultations, its properties can be readily examined in a large number of UV “iron curtain” lines because of their higher opacities.
The magnetic Bp star 36 Lyncis, II. A spectroscopic analysis of its co-rotating disk
The agreement of the disk temperatures inferred from individual Fe and Al lines on one hand and the spectrophotometric curtain absorptions on the other hand is important in justifying our geometric results below that the inner region of the disk is largely evacuated.
The magnetic Bp star 36 Lyncis, II. A spectroscopic analysis of its co-rotating disk
The more than century old MM-Exp is said to be enough proof against this idea and it is said/thought/and or supposed, that this experiment alone closed down the curtain once and for all on this subject.
The Twin Paradox Revisited and Reformulated -- On the Possibility of Detecting Absolute Motion
Pasha’s papers tell only a part of the story that took place on the Western side of the Iron Curtain in the 1960s.
West-Side Story (On the History of Density-Wave Spiral Theories in the 1960s)