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n.1.(Her.) A diminutive of the chevron, containing one fourth of its surface. Couple-closes are generally borne one on each side of a chevron, and the blazoning may then be either a chevron between two couple-closes or chevron cottised.
2.(Arch.) A pair of rafters framed together with a tie fixed at their feet, or with a collar beam.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.