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GEM'EL, n. [L. gemellus.] A pair; a term inheraldry.

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GEM'EL, n. [L. gemellus.] A pair; a term inheraldry.

GEM'EL, n. [L. gemellus.]

A pair; a term in heraldry. Drayton.

  1. Coupled; paired.

    Bars gemel (Her.), two barrulets placed near and parallel to each other.

  2. One of the twins.

    [Obs.] Wyclif.
  3. One of the barrulets placed parallel and closed to each other. Cf. Bars gemel, under Gemel, a.

    Two gemels silver between two griffins passant. Strype.

    Gemel hinge (Locksmithing), a hinge consisting of an eye or loop and a hook. -- Gemel ring, a ring with two or more links; a gimbal. See Gimbal. -- Gemel window, a window with two bays.

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GEM'EL, noun [Latin gemellus.] A pair; a term inheraldry.

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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.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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1. A fall, a decline; a state of sinking.

2. A fall of the voice in reading or speaking, as at the end of a sentence; also, the falling of the voice in the general modulation of tones in reciting. In reading or speaking, a certain tone is taken, which is called the key, or key-note, on which mot of the words are pronounced, and the fall of the voice below this tone is called cadence.

The ordinary cadence is a fall of the last syllable of a sentence only.

3. The general tone of reading verse. The cadence of one line must be a rule to that of the next; as the sound of the former must slide gently into that which follows.

4. Tone; sound; as, hoarse cadence.

5. In music, repose; the termination of a harmonical phrase on a repose or on a perfect chord.

Also, the manner of closing a song; embellishment at the close.

6. In horsemanship, an equal measure or proportion observed by a horse in all his motions.

7. In heraldry, the distinction of families.

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