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valance

VAL'ANCE, n.

The fringes of drapery hanging round the tester and head of a bed.

VAL'ANCE, v.t. To decorate with hanging fringes.




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VAL'ANCE, n.

The fringes of drapery hanging round the tester and head of a bed.

VAL'ANCE, v.t. To decorate with hanging fringes.


VAL'ANCE, n. [Qu. Fr. avalant, falling; Norm. valaunt, descending.]

The fringes of drapery hanging round the tester and head of a bed . – Swift.


VAL'ANCE, v.t.

To decorate with hanging fringes . – Shak.


Val"ance
  1. Hanging drapery for a bed, couch, window, or the like, especially that which hangs around a bedstead, from the bed to the floor.

    [Written also valence.]

    Valance of Venice gold in needlework. Shak.

  2. To furnish with a valance] to decorate with hangings or drapery.

    His old fringed chair valanced around with party- colored worsted bobs. Sterne.

  3. The drooping edging of the lid of a trunk. which covers the joint when the lid is closed.
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Valance

VAL'ANCE, noun

The fringes of drapery hanging round the tester and head of a bed.

VAL'ANCE, verb transitive To decorate with hanging fringes.

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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.

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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