• Photo of Bridal Veil Falls
    Photo of Bridal Veil Falls
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v veil make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing "a hidden message","a veiled threat"
    • v veil to obscure, or conceal with or as if with a veil "women in Afghanistan veil their faces"
    • n veil a garment that covers the head and face
    • n veil a vestment worn by a priest at High Mass in the Roman Catholic Church; a silk shawl
    • n veil the inner membrane of embryos in higher vertebrates (especially when covering the head at birth)
    • n veil a membranous covering attached to the immature fruiting body of certain mushrooms
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The curtain or veil used by some Hindus and Moslems to seclude or hide their women from strangers is called a "purdah."
    • Veil A cover; a disguise; a mask; a pretense. "I will] pluck the borrowed veil of modesty from the so seeming Mistress Page."
    • Veil (Eccl) A covering for a person or thing; as, a nun's veil; a paten veil; an altar veil.
    • Veil (Bot) A membrane connecting the margin of the pileus of a mushroom with the stalk; -- called also velum.
    • Veil Fig.: To invest; to cover; to hide; to conceal. "To keep your great pretenses veiled ."
    • Veil (Zoöl) Same as Velum, 3.
    • Veil Something hung up, or spread out, to intercept the view, and hide an object; a cover; a curtain; esp., a screen, usually of gauze, crape, or similar diaphnous material, to hide or protect the face. "The veil of the temple was rent in twain.""She, as a veil down to the slender waist,
      Her unadornéd golden tresses wore."
    • Veil (Bot) The calyptra of mosses.
    • Veil To throw a veil over; to cover with a veil. "Her face was veiled ; yet to my fancied sight,
      Love, sweetness, goodness, in her person shined."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n veil A cloth or other fabric or material intended to conceal something from the eye; a curtain.
    • n veil A piece of stuff, usually very light and more or less transparent, as lawn or lace, intended to conceal, wholly or in part, the features from close observation, while not materially obstructing the vision of the wearer; hence, such a piece of stuff forming a head-dress or part of a head-dress, especially for women. In the early middle ages the veil was commonly circular or semicircular in shape, and was worn in many ways. At a later time it was attached to the high and heavy head-dresses, such as the escoffion and the hennin, and was a mere ornamental appendage, not admitting of being drawn over the face. The veil, when small, is indistinguishable from the kerchief. In modern use the veil is a piece of gauze, grenadine, lace, crape, or similar fabric used to cover the face, either for concealment or as a screen against suulight, dust, insects, etc. In this capacity it usually forms no necessary part of the head-dress, but is attached to the bonnet or hat.
    • n veil Hence, anything that prevents observation; a covering, mask, or disguise; also, a pretense.
    • n veil A scarf tied to or hanging from a pastoral staff. See ovarium, 3, sudarium , vexillum, and banderole, 1 .
    • n veil In anatomy and zoology, a velum.
    • n veil In botany: In Hymenomycetes, same as velum, 2 .
    • n veil In Discomycetes, a membranous or fibrous coating stretching over the mouth of the cup.
    • n veil In mosses, same as calyptra, 1 .
    • n veil In phonation, an obscuration of the clearness of the tones, either from a natural conformation of the larynx or from some accidental condition, as fatigue or a cold. The natural veil in some gifted and highly trained singers is often a beauty, while a huskiness due to imperfect use or accidental interference is a decided blemish. A voice in which a veil is present is called veiled, or voce velata or voix sombrée.
    • veil To cover with a veil, as the face, or face and head; cover the face of with a veil.
    • veil To invest; enshroud; envelop; hide.
    • veil Figuratively, to conceal; mask; disguise.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Veil vāl a curtain: anything that hides an object: a piece of muslin or thin cloth worn by ladies to shade or hide the face: a cover: a disguise: an obscuration of the clearness of the tones in pronunciation: in fungi, the partial covering of the stem or margin of the cap—applied also to the indusium of ferns
    • v.t Veil to cover with a veil: to cover: to conceal
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  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
    “Life may change, but it may fly not; Hope may vanish, but can die not; Truth be veiled, but still it burneth; Love repulsed, -- but it returneth.”
  • Victor Hugo
    “A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.”
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
    “Death is the veil which those who live call life; They sleep, and it is lifted.”
  • Lord Chesterfield
    “Our own self-love draws a thick veil between us and our faults.”
  • Omar Khayyam
    “There was a door to which I found no key: There was the veil through which I might not see.”
  • Alfred Nobel
    Alfred Nobel
    “Hope is nature's veil for hiding truth's nakedness.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. veile, OF. veile, F. voile, L. velum, a sail, covering, curtain, veil, probably fr. vehere, to bear, carry, and thus originally, that which bears the ship on. See Vehicle, and cf. Reveal


In literature:

It was enough if he could keep his divinities in sight, following the flutter of Miss Holland's veil.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
Noel could note her mental processes and comprehend them as he saw her put up her hand to loosen her thick veil.
"A Beautiful Alien" by Julia Magruder
The veiled lady stood motionless as a statue and watched the scene.
"The International Magazine, Volume 2, No. 3, February, 1851" by Various
Put on the cap, and tie a heavy veil upon it.
"Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall" by Jean K. Baird
She was there, just within his doorway; the pale glimmer of the veiled moon fell upon her.
"Shapes that Haunt the Dusk" by Various
She has taken the veil.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Circumstances, however, are sometimes so extraordinary that a veiled lady becomes an object of concern to everybody.
"Anderson Crow, Detective" by George Barr McCutcheon
The veil is membranous and forms a persistent ring on the stem.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
THE VEIL OF BEATRICE (Der Schleier der Beatrice); a drama in five acts; 1899 (1900).
"The Lonely Way--Intermezzo--Countess Mizzie" by Arthur Schnitzler
The morning was awful cold; before we got to Lexington Avenue the veil was stiff on my face.
"Phemie Frost's Experiences" by Ann S. Stephens

In poetry:

Blue, deeply blue, they are,
Gloriously bright!
Veiling thy wastes afar
With colour'd light.
"Roman Girl's Song" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
There is a source for every stream,
A cause for every woe,
But veiled in mist they often seem
To mortals here below.
"The Youthful Villager And The Hermit" by James Madison Bell
'O may Britannia never hear
What these sad eyes have seen!
May an eternal veil be drawn
That world and this between!
"A Tale" by John Logan
And entranced by this strange nearness,
I look through her dark veil,
And see an enchanted shore
And a horizon enchanted.
"Unknown Woman" by Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok
Now the sun is sinking fast,
Twilight's shadows veil the skies,
And the loveliest and the last
Beam of gentle evening dies.
"Evening" by John Bowring
For veils of hope before Thee drawn,
For mists that hint the immortal coast
Hid in Thy farthest, faintest dawn, —
My God, for these I thank Thee most.
"The Immortal Voyager" by Lucy Larcom

In news:

How many times has President Bush raised the specter (whether veiled or not) of military action.
When I center down trying hard, desperately, to pierce the veil, I can almost imagine a presence like one which sat by dark Poe.
In fact, Alabama head coach Nick Saban made a veiled complaint about the quick snapping earlier this month, wondering whether it would lead to more defensive injuries.
Like the dance of the seven veils, concealing your garden views can make the revealing all the more fun.
Constitutional amendment proposal a thinly veiled attempt at protecting Ambassador Bridge monopoly.
Legislature TIRRC Denounces Ketron's " Thinly Veiled Attack on Muslims" — But What About Finney's Version.
Thinly veiled racism in St Bernard Parish blocks fair housing.
BLACK VEIL BRIDES guitarist Jinxx will guest on the track "Never Be Sober" for the band Modelsaint.
At least that's what appears to be going on in the new video for "Veil of Isis".
Lifting the Veil on a Realm .
Duke Energy's CEO Jim Rogers issued a veiled threat to the NC Utilities Commission: if they don't approve the 7.2 percent rate increase his company requested Duke could move their corporate headquarters to another state.
Black Veil Brides Premiere New Music Video, "In The End".
The Sword Premiere 'Veil of Isis' From Upcoming Album Apocryphon.
Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Self -Tanning Bronzing Veil.
Veiled Voices Dr Su'ad Saleh and Grand Sheikh Tantawi PBS.

In science:

Tom Troland reported on Zeeman observations of the Orion Veil.
Conference Summary: The Cosmic Agitator - Magnetic Fields in the Galaxy
The basic geometry of the veil from Abel et al. (2004) is that of two neutral hydrogen sheets (e.g., see their Fig. 2) that give rise to components A and B in absorption.
Conference Summary: The Cosmic Agitator - Magnetic Fields in the Galaxy
Because this ‘veiling’ is an extra source of continuum emission, it fills in stellar absorption lines.
Low Mass Star Formation in the Taurus-Auriga Clouds
At low resolution, the absorption lines are almost completely veiled by a strong, blue continuum and many emission lines.
Low Mass Star Formation in the Taurus-Auriga Clouds
Recognizing this, I must conclude that, contrary to first impressions, Weatherall’s thinly veiled criticism of my work is entirely vacuous.
Whither All the Scope and Generality of Bell's Theorem?