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A small defensive earthwork or fort.
[Dutch schans, from German Schanze, from Middle High German.]
1. A decorative wall bracket for holding candles or lights.
2. A flattened candlestick that has a handle.
3. Slang The human head or skull.
1. (Furniture) a bracket fixed to a wall for holding candles or lights
2. (Antiques) a flat candlestick with a handle
[C14: from Old French esconse hiding place, lantern, or from Late Latin sconsa, from absconsa dark lantern]
(Fortifications) a small protective fortification, such as an earthwork
[C16: from Dutch schans, from Middle High German schanze bundle of brushwood]
1. to challenge (a fellow student) on the grounds of a social misdemeanour to drink a large quantity of beer without stopping
2. obsolete to fine (a student) for some minor misdemeanour
3. the act of sconcing
4. a mug or tankard used in sconcing
[C17: of obscure origin]
1. the head or skull
2. sense, brain, or wit
[C16: probably jocular use of sconce1]
a bracket for candles or other lights, placed on a wall, mirror, picture frame, etc.
[1350–1400; Middle English sconce, sconse (< Old French esconce) < Medieval Latin scōnsa, aph. variant of abscōnsa, n. use of feminine past participle of abscondere to conceal; see abscond]
a small detached fort or defensive work, as to defend a gate or bridge.
[1565–75; < Dutch schans < German Schanze, orig. bundle of wood; compare ensconce]
1. the head or skull.
2. sense or wit.
Past participle: sconced
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|Noun||1.||sconce - a shelter or screen providing protection from enemy fire or from the weather|
shelter - a structure that provides privacy and protection from danger
shelter - protective covering that provides protection from the weather
|2.||sconce - a small fort or earthwork defending a ford, pass, or castle gate|
earthwork - an earthen rampart
|3.||sconce - a candle or flaming torch secured in a sconce|
|4.||sconce - a decorative wall bracket for holding candles or other sources of light|