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  1. veil
    IPA[vāl]
  2. noun

    • 1. a piece of fine material worn by women to protect or conceal the face:

      a white bridal veil
      Synonym : face covering, veiling, mantilla, yashmak, purdah
    • 2. a piece of fabric forming part of a nun's headdress, resting on the head and shoulders.

    • 3. (in Jewish antiquity) the piece of precious cloth separating the sanctuary from the body of the Temple or the Tabernacle.

    • 4. a thing that serves to cover, conceal, or disguise:

      a veil of mist and snow lay over the landscape the venture is shrouded in a veil of secrecy
    • 5. a membrane which is attached to the immature fruiting body of some toadstools and ruptures in the course of development, either (universal veil) enclosing the whole fruiting body or (partial veil) joining the edges of the cap to the stalk.

    verb

    • 1. cover with a veil:

      she veiled her face
    • 2. cover, conceal, or disguise:

      cold mists veiled the mountain peaks he wasn't able to veil his disappointment the development of these technologies has been veiled in secrecy
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: veil, plural noun: veils

    • v.: verb: veil, 3rd person present: veils, gerund or present participle: veiling, past tense: veiled, past participle: veiled

    • noun

      a piece of fine material worn by women to protect or conceal the face:

      a piece of fabric forming part of a nun's headdress, resting on the head and shoulders.

    • verb

      cover with a veil:

      cover, conceal, or disguise:

    • adjective

      wearing or covered by a veil:

      expressed in an indirect way; not openly declared or expressed:

    • adjective

      wearing or covered by a veil:

      expressed in an indirect way; not openly declared or expressed:

    • in a mysterious or hidden place or state, especially the unknown state of life after death
    • become a nun
    • in a mysterious or hidden place or state, especially the unknown state of life after death
    • become a nun
    • avoid discussing or calling attention to (something), especially because it is embarrassing or unpleasant
    • avoid discussing or calling attention to (something embarrassing or unpleasant)
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