valance


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Valance \Val"ance\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Valanced; p. pr. & vb.
   n. Valancing.]
   To furnish with a valance; to decorate with hangings or
   drapery.
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         His old fringed chair valanced around with
         party-colored worsted bobs.              --Sterne.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Valance \Val"ance\, n. [Perhaps fr. OF. avalant descending,
   hanging down, p. pr. of avaler to go down, let down, descend
   (cf. Avalanche); but probably from the town of Valence in
   France.]
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   1. Hanging drapery for a bed, couch, window, or the like,
      especially that which hangs around a bedstead, from the
      bed to the floor. [Written also valence.]
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            Valance of Venice gold in needlework. --Shak.
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   2. The drooping edging of the lid of a trunk, which covers
      the joint when the lid is closed.
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