Curtain vs Demilune - What's the difference?

curtain | demilune |


As nouns the difference between curtain and demilune

is that curtain is a piece of cloth covering a window, bed, etc to offer privacy and keep out light while demilune is a fortification constructed beyond the main ditch of a fortress, and in front of the curtain between two bastions, intended to defend the curtain; a ravelin.

As a verb curtain

is to cover (a window) with a curtain; to hang curtains.

As an adjective demilune is

(of furniture) in the shape of a half-moon, ie semicircular.

curtain

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • A piece of cloth covering a window, bed, etc. to offer privacy and keep out light.
  • *
  • Thus the red damask curtains which now shut out the fog-laden, drizzling atmosphere of the Marylebone Road, had cost a mere song, and yet they might have been warranted to last another thirty years. A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor; as, again, the arm-chair in which Bunting now sat forward, staring into the dull, small fire.
  • A similar piece of cloth that separates the audience and the stage in a theater.
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  • , title= , chapter=2 citation , passage=“H'm !” he said, “so, so—it is a tragedy in a prologue and three acts. I am going down this afternoon to see the curtain fall for the third time on what
  • (label) The flat area of wall which connects two bastions or towers; the main area of a fortified wall.
  • * , Folio Society, 2006, vol.1, p.220:
  • Captain Rense'', beleagring the Citie of ''Errona for us,.
  • Death.
  • * 1979 , (Monty Python), (Always Look on the Bright Side of Life)
  • For life is quite absurd / And death's the final word / You must always face the curtain with a bow.
  • (label) That part of a wall of a building which is between two pavilions, towers, etc.
  • A flag; an ensign.
  • (Shakespeare)

    Derived terms

    * curtain call * curtain-raise * curtain-raiser * final curtain

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To cover (a window) with a curtain; to hang curtains.
  • See also

    * blind * drape * (wikipedia "curtain")

    demilune

    English

    Adjective

    (-)
  • (of furniture) In the shape of a half-moon, i.e. semicircular.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2007, date=February 9, author=Wendy Moonan, title=Relics of the 19th Century, in a Sentimental Mood, work=New York Times citation
  • , passage=A handsome pair of tall, walnut-veneered Biedermeier bookcases from Austria, circa 1835, can be had from Iliad Antik of New York for $95,000, while Clinton Howell of New York has a rare pair of marquetry inlaid demilune consoles that he attributes to the workshop of John Linnell of England, circa 1755. }}

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A fortification constructed beyond the main ditch of a fortress, and in front of the curtain between two bastions, intended to defend the curtain; a ravelin.
  • (biology) A crescentic mass of granular protoplasm present in the salivary glands.