stomacher


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stom·ach·er

 (stŭm′ə-kər)
n.
A heavily embroidered or jeweled garment formerly worn over the chest and stomach, especially by women.

stomacher

(ˈstʌməkə)
n
(Clothing & Fashion) a decorative V-shaped panel of stiff material worn over the chest and stomach by men and women in the 16th century, later only by women

stom•ach•er

(ˈstʌm ə kər)

n.
an ornamented garment or panel covering the stomach or chest, worn by both sexes in the 15th and 16th centuries.
[1400–50]
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Noun1.stomacher - garment consisting of a V-shaped panel of stiff material worn over the chest and stomach in the 16th centurystomacher - garment consisting of a V-shaped panel of stiff material worn over the chest and stomach in the 16th century
garment - an article of clothing; "garments of the finest silk"
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She is a fine old lady, handsome, stately, wonderfully neat, and has such a back and such a stomacher that if her stays should turn out when she dies to have been a broad old-fashioned family fire-grate, nobody who knows her would have cause to be surprised.
Rouncewell's calm hands lose their composure when she speaks of him, and unfolding themselves from her stomacher, hover about her in an agitated manner as she says what a likely lad, what a fine lad, what a gay, good-humoured, clever lad he was!
Rouncewell, expanding her stomacher to its utmost limits, "than it formerly was!"
Every letter from her is read forty times over; her compliments to all friends go round and round again; and if she does but send her aunt the pattern of a stomacher, or knit a pair of garters for her grandmother, one hears of nothing else for a month.
It was Mistress Hibbins, who, arrayed in great magnificence, with a triple ruff, a broidered stomacher, a gown of rich velvet, and a gold-headed cane, had come forth to see the procession.
In this exercise I once met an accident, which had like to have cost me my life; for, one of the pages having put my boat into the trough, the governess who attended Glumdalclitch very officiously lifted me up, to place me in the boat: but I happened to slip through her fingers, and should infallibly have fallen down forty feet upon the floor, if, by the luckiest chance in the world, I had not been stopped by a corking-pin that stuck in the good gentlewoman's stomacher; the head of the pin passing between my shirt and the waistband of my breeches, and thus I was held by the middle in the air, till Glumdalclitch ran to my relief.
Here, from the fading canvas, smiled Lady Elizabeth Devereux, in her gauze hood, pearl stomacher, and pink slashed sleeves.
My uncle was just going to step forward, and shake it heartily, when he perceived that these attentions were directed, not towards him, but to a young lady who just then appeared at the foot of the steps, attired in an old-fashioned green velvet dress with a long waist and stomacher. She had no bonnet on her head, gentlemen, which was muffled in a black silk hood, but she looked round for an instant as she prepared to get into the coach, and such a beautiful face as she disclosed, my uncle had never seen--not even in a picture.
She wore the ornaments of pure yellow gold, which her great-great-grandmother had brought over from Saar dam; the tempting stomacher of the olden time, and withal a provokingly short petticoat, to display the prettiest foot and ankle in the country round.
Of these older people many wear clothing reminiscent in some detail of home--an embroidered waistcoat or stomacher, or a gaily colored handkerchief, or a coat with large cuffs and fancy buttons.
The large and spacious houses, with their oriel, latticed windows, their huge fireplaces, and their gabled roofs, breathe of the days of hose and doublet, of pearl-embroidered stomachers, and complicated oaths.
An amount of each sample (25 g) were added to a 225 mL of 0.9% NaCl saline solution homogenized in a stomacher for 30 seconds and diluted in series ([10.sup.-2] and [10.sup.-3]).