drop curtain


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drop curtain

n.
1. An unframed curtain that is lowered to a stage from the flies, often serving as background scenery.
2. A theater curtain that is lowered or raised vertically rather than drawn to the side.

drop curtain

n
(Theatre) theatre a curtain that is suspended from the flies and can be raised and lowered onto the stage. Also called: drop cloth or drop

drop′ cur`tain


n.
a stage curtain that is lowered into position from the flies.
[1825–35]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.drop curtain - a curtain that can be lowered and raised onto a stage from the fliesdrop curtain - a curtain that can be lowered and raised onto a stage from the flies; often used as background scenery
curtain, drape, drapery, pall, mantle - hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window)
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Some have great broad stone staircases leading down to the water, with heavy stone balustrades ornamented with statuary and fancifully adorned with creeping vines and bright-colored flowers--for all the world like a drop curtain in a theatre, and lacking nothing but long-waisted, high-heeled women and plumed gallants in silken tights coming down to go serenading in the splendid gondola in waiting.
She was reclining on a sofa in such a very unstudied attitude, that she might have been taken for an actress all ready for the first scene in a ballet, and only waiting for the drop curtain to go up.
Today's vogue for avant-garde performance costumes wasn't directly flagged, but an Edward Burra watercolor of stylized commedia dell'arte figures (Design for a Drop Curtain, 1946) served as makeweight.