valance
noun Etymology: Middle English valaunce, from Anglo-French valence, probably from valer to lower — more at vail Date: 15th century 1. a drapery hung along the edge of a bed, table, altar, canopy, or shelf 2. a short drapery or wood or metal frame used as a decorative heading to conceal the top of curtains and fixtures • valanced adjective

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  • Valance — ist der Nachname von mehreren Personen: Holly Valance (* 1983), neuseeländische Schauspielerin und Sängerin Ricky Valance (* 1939), walisischer Popsänger Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidung mehrerer mit …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Valance — Val ance, n. [Perhaps fr. OF. avalant descending, hanging down, p. pr. of avaler to go down, let down, descent (cf. {Avalanche}); but probably from the town of Valence in France.] [1913 Webster] 1. Hanging drapery for a bed, couch, window, or the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Valance — Val ance, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Valanced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Valancing}.] To furnish with a valance; to decorate with hangings or drapery. [1913 Webster] His old fringed chair valanced around with party colored worsted bobs. Sterne. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • valance — (n.) piece of drapery, mid 15c., from Anglo Fr. *valance, from valer go down, variant of O.Fr. avaler; or possibly from the plural of O.Fr. avalant, from prp. of avaler go down. The notion is of something hanging down …   Etymology dictionary

  • valance — valance, valence, valency A valance, pronounced val ǝns, is a short curtain round the edge of a canopy or bed. Valence and valency (both pronounced vayl , the first more common in AmE and the second in BrE) are terms in chemistry relating to the… …   Modern English usage

  • valance — (also valence) ► NOUN 1) a length of decorative drapery attached to the canopy or frame of a bed to screen the structure or space beneath it. 2) a length of decorative drapery screening the curtain fittings above a window. DERIVATIVES valanced… …   English terms dictionary

  • valance — [val′əns, vā′ləns] n. [ME, after ? VALENCE, center for textile manufacturing] 1. a short drapery or curtain hanging from the edge of a bed, shelf, table, etc., often to the floor 2. a short drapery or facing of wood or metal across the top of a… …   English World dictionary

  • valance — A panel used to conceal structural detail or to provide extra protection. See rear corner valance rear quarter valance rear valance …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • valance — [[t]væ̱ləns[/t]] valances 1) N COUNT A valance is a piece of cloth that hangs down over the sides of a bed in order to make it look nice. 2) N COUNT A valance is a long narrow piece of wood or fabric which is fitted at the top of a window for… …   English dictionary

  • valance — UK [ˈvæləns] / US [ˈvæləns] / US [ˈveɪləns] noun [countable] Word forms valance : singular valance plural valances 1) a sheet with a section that hangs down to cover the base of a bed 2) mainly American a pelmet …   English dictionary

  • Valance — Recorded in the spellings of Valance, Vallance and Vallens, this unusual and interesting name was early in both England and Scotland, but is ultimately of French origins. It is locational from the town of Valence in the departement of Drome, or… …   Surnames reference

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