drop curtain


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drop curtain

n.
1. An unframed curtain that is lowered to a stage from the flies, often serving as background scenery.
2. A theater curtain that is lowered or raised vertically rather than drawn to the side.
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drop curtain

n
(Theatre) theatre a curtain that is suspended from the flies and can be raised and lowered onto the stage. Also called: drop cloth or drop
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drop′ cur`tain


n.
a stage curtain that is lowered into position from the flies.
[1825–35]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.drop curtain - a curtain that can be lowered and raised onto a stage from the fliesdrop curtain - a curtain that can be lowered and raised onto a stage from the flies; often used as background scenery
curtain, drape, drapery, pall, mantle - hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window)
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Some have great broad stone staircases leading down to the water, with heavy stone balustrades ornamented with statuary and fancifully adorned with creeping vines and bright-colored flowers--for all the world like a drop curtain in a theatre, and lacking nothing but long-waisted, high-heeled women and plumed gallants in silken tights coming down to go serenading in the splendid gondola in waiting.
She was reclining on a sofa in such a very unstudied attitude, that she might have been taken for an actress all ready for the first scene in a ballet, and only waiting for the drop curtain to go up.
The rotating set, together with a drop curtain, allowed for seamless storytelling that oscillated between dreams and flashbacks as well as dividing the main characters' private world from the political and public events that swirl around them.