Sconce

Definition of Sconce

n.1.A fortification, or work for defense; a fort.
No sconce or fortress of his raising was ever known either to have been forced, or yielded up, or quitted.
- Milton.
2.A hut for protection and shelter; a stall.
One that . . . must raise a sconce by the highway and sell switches.
- Beau. & Fl.
3.A piece of armor for the head; headpiece; helmet.
I must get a sconce for my head.
- Shak.
4.Fig.: The head; the skull; also, brains; sense; discretion.
To knock him about the sconce with a dirty shovel.
- Shak.
5.A poll tax; a mulct or fine.
6.A protection for a light; a lantern or cased support for a candle; hence, a fixed hanging or projecting candlestick.
Tapers put into lanterns or sconces of several-colored, oiled paper, that the wind might not annoy them.
- Evelyn.
Golden sconces hang not on the walls.
- Dryden.
7.Hence, the circular tube, with a brim, in a candlestick, into which the candle is inserted.
8.(Arch.) A squinch.
9.A fragment of a floe of ice.
10.A fixed seat or shelf.
v. t.1.To shut up in a sconce; to imprison; to insconce.
[imp. & p. p. Sconced ; p. pr. & vb. n. Sconcing.]
Immure him, sconce him, barricade him in 't.
- Marston.
2.To mulct; to fine.

Related Words

abatis, advanced work, amercement, balistraria, bank, banquette, barbed-wire entanglement, barbican, barricade, barrier, bartizan, bastion, battlement, bean, belfry, bracket, brain, breastwork, brow, bulwark, candelabrum, candlestand, candlestick, casemate, chandelier, cheval-de-frise, chump, circumvallation, conk, contravallation, counterscarp, crown, curtain, damages, demibastion, dike, distraint, distress, dome, drawbridge, earthwork, encephalon, enclosure, entanglement, escarp, escarpment, escheat, escheatment, fence, fieldwork, fine, forfeit, forfeiture, fortalice, fortification, gas fixture, girandole, glacis, gray matter, head, headpiece, lamp holder, lampstand, light fixture, light socket, loophole, lunette, machicolation, mantelet, merlon, mound, mulct, noddle, noggin, noodle, organ of thought, outwork, palisade, parados, parapet, pate, poll, portcullis, postern gate, rampart, ravelin, redan, redoubt, ridge, sally port, scarp, seat of thought, sensation, sensorium, sensory, stockade, tenaille, torch holder, torch staff, vallation, vallum, wall bracket, work
Word:

Browse

Scole
Scolecida
Scolecite
Scolecomorpha
Scolex
Scoley
Scoliosis
Scolithus
Scollop
Scolopacine
Scolopendra
Scolopendrine
Scolytid
Scomber
Scomberoid
Scombriformes
Scombroid
Scomfish
Scomfit
Scomm
-Sconce-
Sconcheon
Scone
Scoop
Scoop net
Scoop wheel
Scooper
Scoot
Scoparin
Scopate
Scope
Scopeline
Scopeloid
Scopiferous
Scopiform
Scopiped
Scoppet
Scops owl
Scoptic
Scopula
Scopuliped
# A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

© 2014 Delaflex, Inc.Dictionary Home | Privacy Policy