1. A hanging screen intended to darken or conceal, and admitting of being drawn back or up, and reclosed at pleasure; esp., drapery of cloth or lace hanging round a bed or at a window; in theaters, and like places, a movable screen for concealing the stage.
2. Fort. That part of the rampart and parapet which is between two bastions or two gates. See Illustrations of Ravelin and Bastion.
3. Arch. That part of a wall of a building which is between two pavilions, towers, etc.
4. A flag; an ensign; -- in contempt. [Obs.]
Behind the curtain, in concealment; in secret.
Curtain lecture, a querulous lecture given by a wife to her husband within the bed curtains, or in bed. --Jerrold.
A curtain lecture is worth all the sermons in the world for teaching the virtues of patience and long-suffering. --W. Irving.
-- The curtain falls, the performance closes.
The curtain rises, the performance begins.
To draw the curtain, to close it over an object, or to remove it; hence: (a) To hide or to disclose an object. (b) To commence or close a performance.
To drop the curtain, to end the tale, or close the performance.
Cur·tain, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Curtained p. pr. & vb. n. Curtaining.] To inclose as with curtains; to furnish with curtains.
So when the sun in bed
Curtained with cloudy red. --Milton.
n 1: hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window)
[syn: drape, drapery, mantle, pall]
2: any barrier to communication or vision; "a curtain of
secrecy"; "a curtain of trees"
v : provide with drapery; "curtain the bedrooms"
(1.) Ten curtains, each twenty-eight cubits long and four wide,
made of fine linen, also eleven made of goat's hair, covered the
tabernacle (Ex. 26:1-13; 36:8-17).
(2.) The sacred curtain, separating the holy of holies from
the sanctuary, is designated by a different Hebrew word
(peroketh). It is described as a "veil of blue, and purple, and
scarlet, and fine twined linen of cunning work" (Ex. 26:31; Lev.
16:2; Num. 18:7).
(3.) "Stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain" (Isa. 40:22),
is an expression used with reference to the veil or awning which
Orientals spread for a screen over their courts in summer.
According to the prophet, the heavens are spread over our heads
as such an awning. Similar expressions are found in Ps. 104:2l;
comp. Isa. 44:24; Job 9:8.