To take the veil
Veil Veil (v[=a]l), n. [OE. veile, OF. veile, F. voile, L. velum a sail, covering, curtain, veil, probably fr. vehere to bear, carry, and thus originally, that which bears the ship on. See {Vehicle}, and cf. {Reveal}.] [Written also {vail}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Something hung up, or spread out, to intercept the view, and hide an object; a cover; a curtain; esp., a screen, usually of gauze, crape, or similar diaphnous material, to hide or protect the face. [1913 Webster]

The veil of the temple was rent in twain. --Matt. xxvii. 51. [1913 Webster]

She, as a veil down to the slender waist, Her unadorn['e]d golden tresses wore. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. A cover; disguise; a mask; a pretense. [1913 Webster]

[I will] pluck the borrowed veil of modesty from the so seeming Mistress Page. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. (Bot.) (a) The calyptra of mosses. (b) A membrane connecting the margin of the pileus of a mushroom with the stalk; -- called also {velum}. [1913 Webster]

4. (Eccl.) A covering for a person or thing; as, a nun's veil; a paten veil; an altar veil. [1913 Webster]

5. (Zo["o]l.) Same as {Velum}, 3. [1913 Webster]

{To take the veil} (Eccl.), to receive or be covered with, a veil, as a nun, in token of retirement from the world; to become a nun. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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