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val·ance

 (văl′əns, vā′ləns)
n.
1. An ornamental drapery hung across a top edge, as of a bed, table, or canopy.
2. A short drapery, decorative board, or metal strip mounted especially across the top of a window to conceal structural fixtures.
tr.v. val·anced, val·anc·ing, val·anc·es
To supply with valances or a valance.

[Middle English.]

valance

(ˈvæləns)
n
(Textiles) a short piece of drapery hung along a shelf, canopy, or bed, or across a window, to hide structural detail
[C15: perhaps named after Valence, France, town noted for its textiles]
ˈvalanced adj

val•ance

(ˈvæl əns, ˈveɪ ləns)

n.
1. a short ornamental piece of drapery, wood, metal, etc., placed across the top of a window.
2. a short curtain or piece of drapery hung from the edge of a canopy, the frame of a bed, etc.
[1400–50; late Middle English; perhaps after Valence, French city noted for cloth-making]
val′anced, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.valance - a decorative framework to conceal curtain fixtures at the top of a window casingvalance - a decorative framework to conceal curtain fixtures at the top of a window casing
framework - a structure supporting or containing something
Translations

valance

[ˈvæləns] N (on bed) → cenefa f; (on curtains) [of wood] → galería f; [of fabric] → cenefa f

valance

[ˈvæləns] n [bed] → tour m de lit

valance

n (round bed frame) → Volant m; (on window) → Querbehang m, → Schabracke f; (wooden) → Blende f; (US: = pelmet) → Zierleiste f

valance

[ˈvæləns] nvolant m inv, balza
References in classic literature ?
The Morrels have been shipowners from father to son; and there was a Morrel who served in the same regiment with me when I was in garrison at Valence.
on their return to the University, to Master Andry Musnier's, Rue Madame la Valence, when he had the two arms of the Seine and the five bridges of the city between the Rat-Hole and the cake.
Word frequency based on the norms of the National Language Research Institute (2002) and the number of Kanji strokes per word was kept virtually equal between valences.
Each set size could appear in one of fifteen patterns, and one of three valences with different words, yielding 45 patterns per set size.