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sconce 1

 (skŏns)
n.
A small defensive earthwork or fort.

[Dutch schans, from German Schanze, from Middle High German.]

sconce 2

 (skŏns)
n.
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.

[Middle English, from Old French esconse, lantern, hiding place, from Medieval Latin scōnsa, from Latin abscōnsa, feminine past participle of abscondere, to hide away : ab-, abs-, away; see ab-1 + condere, to preserve; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]
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sconce

(skɒns)
n
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]

sconce

(skɒns)
n
(Fortifications) a small protective fortification, such as an earthwork
[C16: from Dutch schans, from Middle High German schanze bundle of brushwood]

sconce

(skɒns)
vb (tr)
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
n
3. the act of sconcing
4. a mug or tankard used in sconcing
[C17: of obscure origin]

sconce

(skɒns)
n
1. the head or skull
2. sense, brain, or wit
[C16: probably jocular use of sconce1]
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sconce1

(skɒns)

n.
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]

sconce2

(skɒns)

n.
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]

sconce4

(skɒns)

n.
1. the head or skull.
2. sense or wit.
[1560–70]
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sconce


Past participle: sconced
Gerund: sconcing

Imperative
sconce
sconce
Present
I sconce
you sconce
he/she/it sconces
we sconce
you sconce
they sconce
Preterite
I sconced
you sconced
he/she/it sconced
we sconced
you sconced
they sconced
Present Continuous
I am sconcing
you are sconcing
he/she/it is sconcing
we are sconcing
you are sconcing
they are sconcing
Present Perfect
I have sconced
you have sconced
he/she/it has sconced
we have sconced
you have sconced
they have sconced
Past Continuous
I was sconcing
you were sconcing
he/she/it was sconcing
we were sconcing
you were sconcing
they were sconcing
Past Perfect
I had sconced
you had sconced
he/she/it had sconced
we had sconced
you had sconced
they had sconced
Future
I will sconce
you will sconce
he/she/it will sconce
we will sconce
you will sconce
they will sconce
Future Perfect
I will have sconced
you will have sconced
he/she/it will have sconced
we will have sconced
you will have sconced
they will have sconced
Future Continuous
I will be sconcing
you will be sconcing
he/she/it will be sconcing
we will be sconcing
you will be sconcing
they will be sconcing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been sconcing
you have been sconcing
he/she/it has been sconcing
we have been sconcing
you have been sconcing
they have been sconcing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been sconcing
you will have been sconcing
he/she/it will have been sconcing
we will have been sconcing
you will have been sconcing
they will have been sconcing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been sconcing
you had been sconcing
he/she/it had been sconcing
we had been sconcing
you had been sconcing
they had been sconcing
Conditional
I would sconce
you would sconce
he/she/it would sconce
we would sconce
you would sconce
they would sconce
Past Conditional
I would have sconced
you would have sconced
he/she/it would have sconced
we would have sconced
you would have sconced
they would have sconced
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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
fortress, fort - a fortified defensive structure
3.sconce - a candle or flaming torch secured in a sconce
light source, light - any device serving as a source of illumination; "he stopped the car and turned off the lights"
4.sconce - a decorative wall bracket for holding candles or other sources of lightsconce - a decorative wall bracket for holding candles or other sources of light
wall bracket, bracket - a support projecting from a wall (as to hold a shelf)
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Translations

sconce

[skɒns] Ncandelabro m de pared
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sconce

n (with candles) → Wandleuchter m; (electric) → Wandleuchte f
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