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Damascene

[dam-uh-seen, dam-uh-seen] /ˈdæm əˌsin, ˌdæm əˈsin/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the city of Damascus.
2.
(lowercase) of or relating to the art of damascening.
noun
3.
an inhabitant of Damascus.
4.
(lowercase) work or patterns produced by damascening.
verb (used with object), Damascened, Damascening.
5.
(lowercase). Also, damaskeen
[dam-uh-skeen, dam-uh-skeen] /ˈdæm əˌskin, ˌdæm əˈskin/ (Show IPA)
. to produce wavy lines on (Damascus steel).
Origin of Damascene
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin Damascēnus of Damascus < Greek Damaskēnós, equivalent to Damask(ós) Damascus + -ēnos -ene
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Examples from the Web for damascened
Historical Examples
  • It was encrusted and damascened over with the rust of ocean.

    The Man Who Laughs

    Victor Hugo
  • She wore the costume we just now described; but she held in her hand a rifle, damascened with silver.

  • His strangely patterned back was almost black, yet brilliant, like some kinds of damascened steel.

    The Haunters of the Silences Charles G. D. Roberts
  • The hilt was studded with gems, and the blade, which had a cutting edge, was damascened in blue and gold.

  • The iron blades were cunningly ornamented with damascened copper, and the hilts artistically inlaid with the same metal.

    The Negro W.E.B. Du Bois
  • Hissar was long famous for its damascened swords and its silk goods.

  • He was harnessed in a suit of highly polished steel armor, fluted and damascened.

    The Red Tavern

    Charles Raymond Macauley
  • Goliath's helmet, and David's greaves, on which the fleur de lys florencée has been damascened, are decorated with unfailing tact.

    Donatello

    David Lindsay, Earl of Crawford
  • Also a magnificent pair of long-barrelled pistols, the barrels of which were damascened like the sword.

    The Log of a Privateersman Harry Collingwood
  • Among the contents was a damascened sword, with runes, showing that the letter existed among the Northmen in the seventh century.

British Dictionary definitions for damascened

Damascene

/ˈdæməˌsiːn; ˌdæməˈsiːn/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Damascus
noun
2.
a native or inhabitant of Damascus
3.
a variety of domestic fancy pigeon with silvery plumage

damascene

/ˈdæməˌsiːn; ˌdæməˈsiːn/
verb
1.
(transitive) to ornament (metal, esp steel) by etching or by inlaying, usually with gold or silver
noun
2.
a design or article produced by this process
adjective
3.
of or relating to this process
Word Origin
C14: from Latin damascēnus of Damascus
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