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abased Tweet Definition of abased Like Definition of abased on Facebook
  1. (past of, abase)
  1. Lowered; humbled.
  2. (heraldry) Borne lower than usual, as a fess; also, having the ends of the wings turned downward towards the point of the shield.
abatement Tweet Definition of abatement Like Definition of abatement on Facebook
  1. The act of abating, or the state of being abated; a lessening, diminution, or reduction; removal or putting an end to; as, the of a nuisance is the suppression thereof.
  2. The amount abated; that which is taken away by way of reduction; deduction; decrease; a rebate or discount allowed.
  3. (heraldry) A mark of dishonor on an escutcheon; any figure added to the coat of arms tending to lower the dignity or station of the bearer.
  4. The entry of a stranger, without right, into a freehold after the death of the last possessor, before the heir or devisee.
accosted Tweet Definition of accosted Like Definition of accosted on Facebook
  1. Simple past and past participle of to accost.
  1. (heraldry) Supported on both sides by other charges; also, side by side
achievement Tweet Definition of achievement Like Definition of achievement on Facebook
  1. The act of achieving or performing; an obtaining by exertion; successful performance; accomplishment; as, the of his/her object.
  2. A great or heroic deed; something accomplished by valor, boldness, or praiseworthy exertion; a feat.
The exploits of the ancient saints ... do far surpass the most famous achievements of pagan heroes. - Barrow
The highest achievements of the human intellect. - Macaulay
  1. (context, heraldry) An escutcheon or ensign armorial; now generally applied to the funeral shield commonly called hatchment. - Cussans
Acton Tweet Definition of Acton Like Definition of Acton on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An area of London.
aketon Tweet Definition of aketon Like Definition of aketon on Facebook
  1. (archaic) A stuffed jacket worn under the mail, or (later) a jacket plated with mail.
  • 1786: The aketon, gambeson, vambasium, and jack were military vestments, calculated for the defence of the body, differing little from each other, except in their names, their materials and construction were nearly the same, the authorities quoted in the notes, shew they were all composed of many folds of linen, stuffed with cotton, wool or hair, quilted, and commonly covered with leather, made of buck or doe skin. — Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 15.
annulet Tweet Definition of annulet Like Definition of annulet on Facebook
  1. A small ring.
  2. (architecture) A ring-shaped molding at the top of a column
  3. (heraldry) A small circle borne as a charge in coats of arms.
arched Tweet Definition of arched Like Definition of arched on Facebook
  1. (past of, arch) (to curve)
  2. To have made curved.
    He arched his back into a half-moon curve trying to get the stiffness out.
  1. Curved.
    His back ached from the constant strain.
argent Tweet Definition of argent Like Definition of argent on Facebook
  1. the metal silver.
  2. (tincture): the white or silver tincture on a coat of arms.
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    • 1909: The metals are gold and silver, these being termed "or" and "". &mdash; Arthur Charles Fox-Davies, A Complete Guide to Heraldry
  1. of silver or silver-coloured.
  2. (tincture): of white or silver tincture on a coat of arms.
  • 1889: ...when the shield is , it is shown in an engraving by being left plain. &mdash; Charles Norton Elvin, A Dictionary of Heraldry
ARM Tweet Definition of ARM Like Definition of ARM on Facebook
  1. accelerated reply mail: a service of the United States Postal Service
  2. adjustable rate mortgage
armature Tweet Definition of armature Like Definition of armature on Facebook
  1. The rotating part of an electric motor or dynamo, which mostly consists of coils of wire around a metal core.
  2. The moving part in an electromechanical device like a loudspeaker or a buzzer.
  3. A piece of soft steel or iron that connects the poles of a magnet
  4. A supporting framework in a sculpture.
  5. A protective organ, structure, or covering of an animal or plant, for defense or offense, like claws, teeth, thorns, or the shell of a turtle.
armiger Tweet Definition of armiger Like Definition of armiger on Facebook
  1. A knight entitled to bear a coat of arms.
  2. A squire carrying the armour of a knight.
armigerous Tweet Definition of armigerous Like Definition of armigerous on Facebook
  1. entitled to bear a coat of arms
armorial Tweet Definition of armorial Like Definition of armorial on Facebook
  1. a book etc concerning heraldry
  1. of, or relating to heraldry, or to heraldic arms
armorist Tweet Definition of armorist Like Definition of armorist on Facebook
  1. (heraldry) A person skilled in the bearings of coats of arms, and all relating to their emblazonment.
armory Tweet Definition of armory Like Definition of armory on Facebook
noun (armories)
  1. heraldry, Heraldry
  2. A place where arms are kept, an arsenal.
  3. A collection of weapons and materiel.
  4. A place where arms are made.
aspectant Tweet Definition of aspectant Like Definition of aspectant on Facebook
  1. (heraldry) animal, Animals placed face to face in a charge.
augment Tweet Definition of augment Like Definition of augment on Facebook
  1. (grammar) In some Indo-European languages, a prefix e- (a- in Sanskrit) indicating a past tense of a verb.
  1. To increase, make larger or supplement.
The money from renting out a spare room can a salary.
  1. (music) To slow the tempo or meter, e.g. for a dramatic or stately passage.
  2. (music) To increase an interval by a half step (chromatic semitone).
  3. (music) To increase the largest interval in a triad, especially a fifth or a sixth, by a half-step (chromatic semitone).
augmentation Tweet Definition of augmentation Like Definition of augmentation on Facebook
  1. The act or process of augmenting.
  2. (heraldry) A particular mark of honour, granted by the sovereign in consideration of some noble action, or by favour; and either quartered with the family arms, or on an escutcheon or canton.
  3. (medicine) A surgical procedure to enlarge a body part, as breast augmentation.
  4. (medicine) The stage of a disease during which symptoms increase or continue.
aventail Tweet Definition of aventail Like Definition of aventail on Facebook
  1. (Mail armour): the flap or adjustable part of the hood of mail, which when unfastened allowed the hood to drop upon the shoulders.
  2. (Solid armour): The movable front to a helmet; the ventail.
azure Tweet Definition of azure Like Definition of azure on Facebook
  1. (tincture) A blue colour on a coat of arms, represented in engraving by horizontal parallel lines.
    • 1997, Brault, Early Blazon:
    • : In Bb Glover's Roll, the conventional letter B is used to indicate in most items.
      1. The clear blue colour of the sky; also, a pigment or dye of this colour.
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      1. (italbrac, poetical) The unclouded sky; the blue vault above.
      2. The lapis lazuli.
verb (azur, ing)
  1. (transitive) To colour blue.
  1. (colour) Sky-blue; resembling the clear blue colour of the unclouded sky; cerulean; also, cloudless.
  2. (tincture) In blazon, of the colour blue.

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