Definition of Lunette

1. Noun. Temporary fortification like a detached bastion.

Generic synonyms: Fortification, Munition

2. Noun. Oval or circular opening; to allow light into a dome or vault.
Exact synonyms: Fenestella
Generic synonyms: Opening
Group relationships: Vault

Definition of Lunette

1. n. A fieldwork consisting of two faces, forming a salient angle, and two parallel flanks. See Bastion.

Definition of Lunette

1. Noun. (architecture) A small opening in a vaulted roof of a circular or crescent shape. (defdate from 17th c.) ¹

2. Noun. (architecture) A crescent-shaped recess or void in the space above a window or door. (defdate from 18th c.) a '''lunette''' in the Thomas Jefferson building of the US Library of Congress ¹

3. Noun. (obsolete) An image or other representation of a crescent moon. (defdate 18th-19th c.) ¹

4. Noun. (context: fortifications) A field work consisting of two projecting faces forming a wedge each of which extends from one of two parallel flanks. (defdate from 18th c.) two kinds of '''lunette''' fortification ¹

5. Noun. (Christianity) A '''luna''': a crescent-shaped receptacle, often glass, for holding the (consecrated) host (the bread of communion) upright when exposed in the monstrance. (defdate from 19th c.) ¹

6. Noun. A type of flattened glass used in watch-making. (defdate from 19th c.) ¹

7. Noun. The circular hole in the guillotine in which the victim's neck is placed. (defdate from 19th c.) ¹

8. Noun. (geology) A type of crescent-shaped dune blown up along a lake basin, especially in dry areas of Australia. (defdate from 20th c.) ¹

9. Noun. (context: in the plural) ''See '''lunettes'''.'' ¹

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Definition of Lunette

1. a crescent-shaped object [n -S]

Medical Definition of Lunette

1. 1. A fieldwork consisting of two faces, forming a salient angle, and two parallel flanks. See Bastion. 2. A half horseshoe, which wants the sponge. 3. A kind of watch crystal which is more than ordinarily flattened in the center; also, a species of convexoconcave lens for spectacles. 4. A piece of felt to cover the eye of a vicious horse. 5. Any surface of semicircular or segmental form; especially, the piece of wall between the curves of a vault and its springing line. 6. An iron shoe at the end of the stock of a gun carriage. Lunette window, a window which fills or partly fills a lunette. Origin: F, dim. Of lune moon, L.luna. See Lune a crescent. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Lunette

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1. The Invasion of the Crimea: Its Origin, and an Account of Its Progress Down by Alexander William Kinglake (1887)
"To reach the Kamtchatka lunette, General Wimp- fen's brigade would have to traverse a space of some 500 yards ; but the formation of the ground made it ..."

2. The Invasion of the Crimea: Its Origin and an Account of Its Progress Down by Alexander William Kinglake (1887)
"To enter on a course of 'approaches' was to give but to the enemy time ; and time of course was the bless- against ing he craved for his infant lunette. ..."

3. Luca Della Robbia by Allan Marquand (1914)
"For the lunette above the door Vasari tells us Luca della Robbia made a Nostra ... lunette FROM S. PIERINO. to this relief as inappropriate and thought an ..."

4. Journal by Bond & Share Society, New Hampshire Dental Society, American Wine Society, Manning Valley Historical Society (1906)
"On a Gold lunette from the Co. Kerry. BY ROBERT DAY, FSA UR Society is indebted ... County Kerry, for the loan of a remarkably fine example of the lunette, ..."

5. The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine (1911)
"VIEW IN THE HALL, SHOWING lunette, ... AND (ABOVE THE lunette) THREE OF THE OCTAGONS top," the Man is enthroned with his servant Science, and he answers the ..."

6. Applied Perspective, for Architects and Painters by William Pitt Preble Longfellow (1901)
"To construct the curve of the lunette with precision, intermediate points /, 2, 4, j, are taken on the quadrant A'B. They are projected, like the tangent ..."

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