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G`ARLAND, n. [L. gyrus. It seems to denote something round or twisted, for in Spanish it is used for a wreath or cordage or puddening.]

1. A wreath or chaplet made of branches, flowers, fethers and sometimes of precious stones, to be worn on the head like a crown.

2. A ornament of flowers, fruits and leaves intermixed, anciently used at the gates of temples where feasts and solemn rejoicings were held.

3. The top; the principal thing, or thing most prized.

4. A collection of little printed pieces.

5. In ships, a sort of net used by sailors instead of a locker or cupboard.

G`ARLAND, v.t. To deck with a garland.




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G`ARLAND, n. [L. gyrus. It seems to denote something round or twisted, for in Spanish it is used for a wreath or cordage or puddening.]

1. A wreath or chaplet made of branches, flowers, fethers and sometimes of precious stones, to be worn on the head like a crown.

2. A ornament of flowers, fruits and leaves intermixed, anciently used at the gates of temples where feasts and solemn rejoicings were held.

3. The top; the principal thing, or thing most prized.

4. A collection of little printed pieces.

5. In ships, a sort of net used by sailors instead of a locker or cupboard.

G`ARLAND, v.t. To deck with a garland.


GAR'LAND, n. [Fr. guirlande; It. ghirlanda; Sp. guirnalda; Port. grinalda; Arm. garlantez. This word has been referred to the L. gyrus, and it may be from the same root. It seems to denote something round or twisted, for in Spanish it is used for a wreath of cordage or puddening.]

  1. A wreath or chaplet made of branches, flowers, feathers, and sometimes of precious stones, to be worn on the head like a crown. Pope. Encyc.
  2. An ornament of flowers, fruits and leaves intermixed, anciently used at the gates of temples where feasts and solemn rejoicings were held. Encyc.
  3. The top; the principal thing, or thing most prized. Shak.
  4. A collection of little printed pieces. Percy.
  5. In ships, a sort of net used by sailors instead of a locker or cupboard. Mar. Dict.

GAR'LAND, v.t.

To deck with a garland. B. Jonson.


Gar"land
  1. The crown of a king.

    [Obs.] Graffon.
  2. To deck with a garland.

    B. Jonson.
  3. A wreath of chaplet made of branches, flowers, or feathers, and sometimes of precious stones, to be worn on the head like a crown; a coronal; a wreath.

    Pope.

  4. The top; the thing most prized.

    Shak.
  5. A book of extracts in prose or poetry; an anthology.

    They [ballads] began to be collected into little miscellanies under the name of garlands. Percy.

  6. A sort of netted bag used by sailors to keep provision in.

    (b)
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Garland

G'ARLAND, noun [Latin gyrus. It seems to denote something round or twisted, for in Spanish it is used for a wreath or cordage or puddening.]

1. A wreath or chaplet made of branches, flowers, fethers and sometimes of precious stones, to be worn on the head like a crown.

2. A ornament of flowers, fruits and leaves intermixed, anciently used at the gates of temples where feasts and solemn rejoicings were held.

3. The top; the principal thing, or thing most prized.

4. A collection of little printed pieces.

5. In ships, a sort of net used by sailors instead of a locker or cupboard.

G'ARLAND, verb transitive To deck with a garland

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

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SCAL'LOP, v.t. To mark or cut the edge or border of any thing into segments of circles.

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