decoration

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n decoration the act of decorating something (in the hope of making it more attractive)
    • n decoration something used to beautify
    • n decoration an award for winning a championship or commemorating some other event
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Stylised floral design set in decorated squares Stylised floral design set in decorated squares

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ninety-nine percent of pumpkins sold in the United States are for the sole purpose of decoration
    • decoration Specifically, any mark of honor to be worn upon the person, as a medal, cross, or ribbon of an order of knighthood, bestowed for services in war, great achievements in literature, art, etc.
    • decoration That which adorns, enriches, or beautifies; something added by way of embellishment; ornament. "The hall was celebrated for . . . the richness of its decoration ."
    • decoration The act of adorning, embellishing, or honoring; ornamentation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Faberge, "Winter Egg" was sold in 1994 for $5.6 million. This is the most expensive decorative egg that has ever been sold
    • n decoration The act of decorating or adorning with something becoming or ornamental; the art of adorning, ornamenting, or embellishing.
    • n decoration The conferring of a badge, as of an order, or a medal of honor; hence, the badge or medal conferred.
    • n decoration That which embellishes; anything which decorates or adorns; an ornament.
    • n decoration In music, a general term for the various melodic embellishments, as the trill, the appoggiatura, etc.
    • n decoration In pyrotechny, the compositions placed in port-fires, rockets, paper shells, etc., to make a brilliant display when the case is exploded.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 99% of pumpkins that are sold are sold for decoration
    • n Decoration ornament: badge of an order
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Quotations

  • Frank Lloyd Wright
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    “Pictures deface walls more often than they decorate them.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Gross and obscure natures, however decorated, seem impure shambles; but character gives splendor to youth, and awe to wrinkled skin and gray hairs.”
  • Samuel Levenson
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    “It's a good thing that when God created the rainbow he didn't consult a decorator or he would still be picking colors.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Be true to your own act and congratulate yourself if you have done something strange and extravagant to break the monotony of a decorous age.”
  • Charles Sumner
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    “The true grandeur of humanity is in moral elevation, sustained, enlightened and decorated by the intellect of man.”
  • Enid Bagnold
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    “Judges don't age. Time decorates them.”

Idioms

Decorate the mahogany - (USA) When someone buys a round a pub or bar, they decorate the mahogany; putting cash on the bar.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. decoratio,: cf. F. décoration,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. decorāre, -ātumdecus, what is becoming—decēre, to be becoming.

Usage

In literature:

Chapter thirteen treats of Home Decoration.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
Martial has combined in a single epigram most of the ornaments with which rolls could be decorated.
"The Care of Books" by John Willis Clark
The "infinite variety" of the old decorator is everywhere apparent, and the play he gave to his invention.
"Rambles of an Archaeologist Among Old Books and in Old Places" by Frederick William Fairholt
Some external decorative work was done on the south facade.
"The Story of Paris" by Thomas Okey
These spear-heads are very highly decorated, and form an attractive class.
"The Bronze Age in Ireland" by George Coffey
The scene was as gorgeous as the wealth and decorative art of the court could create.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
The palace was but a storehouse for its rich decorations.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
The strong German influence they show is also apparent in nearly all the decorations.
"Children's Books and Their Illustrators" by Gleeson White
Some express themselves in shaping their material environment, in the decoration and ordering of their houses.
"The Gate of Appreciation" by Carleton Noyes
The great war drum of Ieyasu, the first of the Tokugawa shoguns, lies upon a richly decorated stand.
"The Critic in the Orient" by George Hamlin Fitch
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In poetry:


The joys which in prosperity would shine,
And decorate the pilgrim's path to heaven,
By poverty subdued, removed from earth,
Exalted glitter as the stars above,
And deck futurity's extended field.
"On Poverty" by Elizabeth Bath
And private householders seemed to vie with each other,
In the lavishness of their decorations, and considered it no bother;
And never before in the memory of man,
Has there been a national celebration so grand.
"The Queen's Jubilee Celebrations" by William Topaz McGonagall
Now it is time with myrtle green to crown the shining pate,
And with the early blossoms of the spring to decorate;
To sacrifice to Faunus, on whose favor we rely,
A sprightly lamb, mayhap a kid, as he may specify.
"In The Springtime" by Roswell Martin Field
The scene in Piccadilly caused a great sensation,
The grand decorations there were the theme of admiration;
And the people in St. James Street were taken by surprise,
Because the lovely decorations dazzled their eyes
"The Queen's Jubilee Celebrations" by William Topaz McGonagall
The decorously informative church
Guide to Sex suggested that any urge
could well be controlled by playing tennis:
and the game provided also "many
harmless opportunities for healthy
social intercourse between the sexes."
"Love-All" by Ben Jonson
They were not dead—for tho' the breath
Of winter o'er their beauties swept,
They were not visited by death;
They only bow'd their heads and slept.
For let them die—their charms again
Shall decorate nor bower nor plain.
"Winter: Friday Evening" by John Bowring

In news:

You know, this cobalt, free-form decoration I think is especially good.
Decorate for Halloween for less than $15.
At the Kips Bay Decorator Show House on East 63rd Street, an installation by Aakash Nihalani, a 24-year-old artist who makes playful street art from electrical tape, in a stairwell and hall decorated by Wayne Nathan.
HERNANDO, Miss.–Stylecraft Home Decor has signed a deal to produce lamps and decorative accessories under the Cabana Joe's name and will unveil a full collection at the April High Point Market, officials told HFN.
N July 19, Myra Warne, executive director of the Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorated Products (SGCDpro), met with Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) officials to discuss the use of cadmium in ceramic enamels.
As part of a month-long reading celebration the school held its seventh annual Family Cake Decorating Contest last Wednesday night.
More on decorative arts from Antique Trader.
Matt was happy to explain how to use these planes to produce either simple edge decoration or sophisticated molding design.
Charlotte Matthews, a cake decorator from Rochdale, England beat the odds this past Sunday when she cracked open 29 double-yolk eggs in a row.
This inviting board book is decorated like a Hanukkah present on the outside, with a sparkling silver ribbon and blue background with Hanukkah motifs.
Mom-and-pop decor companies carve out niches.
A mural decorates a work area at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, California.
They are what heaven would look like if Liberace had been a decorator.
The rolling hills are decorated with row after row of grapes, ripening in the sun and soon to be pressed into service, as bottles of fine wine.
Casually Speaking Hi, this is Cinde W Ingram and I'm the Editor in Chief of Casual Living and Garden Decor.
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In science:

The fourth condition is a global upper bound on the decoration graph (cf. (2.2)).
Anderson Localization for radial tree-like random quantum graphs
Assume that the sequence of decoration graphs {Gn} is uniform and of polynomial length growth (i.e, it satisfies Assumptions (4.13)).
Anderson Localization for radial tree-like random quantum graphs
Assume in addition that G is the radial tree-like quantum graph with decoration graphs {Gn} and branching number sequence {bn }.
Anderson Localization for radial tree-like random quantum graphs
Tλ ( ˆG∗ ) is the transfer matrix with respect to the decoration graph G∗ and where µ = √λ.
Anderson Localization for radial tree-like random quantum graphs
E (ℓ) consisting of the Dirichlet spectrum of the decoration graph (cf.
Anderson Localization for radial tree-like random quantum graphs
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