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1. A grooved timber in which something slides.
a. A section of stage scenery placed in a wing of a theater.
b. The space between such pieces of scenery, through which an actor can make an entrance or exit.
c. A backstage area in a theater.

[French, from Old French (porte) couleice, sliding door; see portcullis.]
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1. (Building) Also called: cullis a timber member grooved to take a sliding panel, such as a sluicegate, portcullis, or stage flat
2. (Theatre)
a. a flat piece of scenery situated in the wings of a theatre; wing flat
b. a space between wing flats
3. (Stock Exchange) part of the Paris Bourse where unofficial securities are traded. Compare parquet4
[C19: from French: groove, from Old French couleïce portcullis]
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1. a timber or the like having a groove for guiding a sliding panel.
b. the space between two wing flats or similar pieces of stage scenery.
c. any space backstage.
[1810–20; < French: groove, something that slides in a groove; see portcullis]
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Objects and figures arranged at the sides of a painting in order to focus the eye onto the central piece of the work.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.coulisse - a flat situated in the wings
flat - scenery consisting of a wooden frame covered with painted canvas; part of a stage setting
2.coulisse - a timber member grooved to take a sliding panel
timber - a beam made of wood
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