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Vandyke brown Tweet Definition of Vandyke brown Like Definition of Vandyke brown on Facebook
noun
  1. (colour) a medium brown colour.
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vanishing point Tweet Definition of vanishing point Like Definition of vanishing point on Facebook
noun
  1. The point at which parallel lines recede, receding from an observer seem to converge.
    • 1884, Wm. M. Thornton, "Construction of Perspective Projections," The Annals of Mathematics, vol. 1, no 1, p. 13,
    • :These formulae . . . give for the of a set of parallel lines whose common azimuth is ~+mn~ and declivity δ: η=d tan ~+mn~, ζ=d tan δ sec ~+mn~.
    • 2003, Sally B. Donnelly, "http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1005525,00.html The Need for Speed," Time, 25 Aug.,
    • :It hit 100 m.p.h. with ease and sped toward the down Highway 93A.
      1. The situation in which, place where, or point in time when some object or phenomenon is no longer observable or notable.
    • 1762, Samuel Dunn, "Some Observations of the Planet Venus, on the Disk of the Sun, June 6th, 1761," Philosophical Transactions (1683-1775), vol. 52, p. 192,
    • :At 8h 35' 4", the least dent possible, quite black, appeared in the sun's limb. And at 8h 35' 6", the limb was restored to its perfect form, there having been a small trembling light, between the narrow watery border of Venus and the of contact in the sun's limb for these two seconds of time.
    • 1923, "http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,715912,00.html Tuberculosis at Bay," Time, 25 June,
    • :It might cut the tuberculosis deathrate to the .
vehicle Tweet Definition of vehicle Like Definition of vehicle on Facebook
noun
  1. A conveyance; a device for carrying or transporting substances, objects or individuals.
  2. A medium for expression of talent or views.
  3. A liquid content (e.g. oil) which acts as a binding and drying agent in paint. (FM 55-501).
  4. (context, Hinduism) An animal or (rarely) a plant on which a Hindu deity rides or sits
venetian red Tweet Definition of venetian red Like Definition of venetian red on Facebook
noun
  1. (colour) a brownish red colour.
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adjective
  1. (colour) of a brownish red colour.
vernissage Tweet Definition of vernissage Like Definition of vernissage on Facebook
noun
  1. the day before the opening of an exhibition when paintings are varnished and retouched
  2. a private viewing of an exhibition before it opens to the public
  • 1893: the artists' association will be forced to advance or delay its vernissage and opening day. " The Times, 2 May 1893, p.5 col. C
vignette Tweet Definition of vignette Like Definition of vignette on Facebook
noun
  1. A running ornament consisting of leaves and tendrils, used in Gothic architecture.
  2. A decorative design, originally representing vine branches or tendrils, at the head of a chapter, of a manuscript or printed book, or in a similar position.
  3. By extension, any small picture in a book; hence, also, as such pictures are often without a definite bounding line, any picture, as an engraving, a photograph, or the like, which vanishes gradually at the edge.
  4. By further extension, a short story that presents a scene or tableau, or paints a picture.
  5. The small picture in the centre/center of a postage stamp.
verb (vignett, ed)
  1. To make, as an engraving or a photograph, with a border or edge gradually fading away.
virtuoso Tweet Definition of virtuoso Like Definition of virtuoso on Facebook
noun (pl2=virtuosi)
  1. A person (especially a musician) with masterly ability, technique, or personal style
adjective
  1. Exhibiting the ability of a virtuoso

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