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Meaning of SCONCE

Pronunciation:  skâns

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a forbidding stronghold
  2. [n]  a candlestick with a flat side to be hung on the wall

SCONCE is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: redoubt
 See Also: candle holder, candlestick, fastness, stronghold



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sconce\, n. [D. schans, OD. schantse, perhaps from OF.
    esconse a hiding place, akin to esconser to hide, L.
    absconsus, p. p. of abscondere. See {Abscond}, and cf.
    {Ensconce}, {Sconce} a candlestick.]
    1. A fortification, or work for defense; a fort.
             No sconce or fortress of his raising was ever known
             either to have been forced, or yielded up, or
             quitted.                              --Milton.
    2. A hut for protection and shelter; a stall.
             One that . . . must raise a sconce by the highway
             and sell switches.                    --Beau. & Fl.
    3. A piece of armor for the head; headpiece; helmet.
             I must get a sconce for my head.      --Shak.
    4. Fig.: The head; the skull; also, brains; sense;
       discretion. [Colloq.]
             To knock him about the sconce with a dirty shovel.
    5. A poll tax; a mulct or fine. --Johnson.
    6. [OF. esconse a dark lantern, properly, a hiding place. See
       Etymol. above.] A protection for a light; a lantern or
       cased support for a candle; hence, a fixed hanging or
       projecting candlestick.
             Tapers put into lanterns or sconces of
             several-colored, oiled paper, that the wind might
             not annoy them.                       --Evelyn.
             Golden sconces hang not on the walls. --Dryden.
    7. Hence, the circular tube, with a brim, in a candlestick,
       into which the candle is inserted.
    8. (Arch.) A squinch.
    9. A fragment of a floe of ice. --Kane.
    10. [Perhaps a different word.] A fixed seat or shelf. [Prov.
  2. \Sconce\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sconced}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To shut up in a sconce; to imprison; to insconce. [Obs.]
             Immure him, sconce him, barricade him in 't.
    2. To mulct; to fine. [Obs.] --Milton.