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or vizor

[vahy-zer] /ˈvaɪ zər/
  1. (on a close helmet) a piece having slits or holes for vision, situated above and pivoted with a beaver or a ventail and beaver.
  2. a similar piece of plate having holes or slits for vision and breathing, attached to or used with any of various other helmets, as the armet, sallet, basinet, or helm.
the projecting front brim of a cap.
a rigid adjustable flap on an automobile windshield that can shield the eyes of a driver from direct sunlight or glare.
a means of concealment; disguise.
verb (used with object)
to protect or mask with a visor; shield.
Origin of visor
1250-1300; Middle English viser < Anglo-French (compare Old French visiere), equivalent to vis face (see visage) + -er -er2
Related forms
visorless, adjective
unvisored, adjective Unabridged
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  • Its visor grinned at him--the fool, the tricked, the supplanted.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • The mechanician touched the visor of his cap and hurried off.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • He already had such an advantage that it was all I could do to keep him in my visor screen.

    Dogfight--1973 Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Its visor was up, and what I saw within the casque is stamped for ever on my memory.

    Scottish Ghost Stories Elliott O'Donnell
  • The visor of the king hid the look with which he must have received these words.

  • Conde raised his visor, and surrendered to two knights to whom he was known.

  • Then he snapped down the visor of his helmet, unslung his carbine, and presented it.

    A Slave is a Slave Henry Beam Piper
  • As he passed us, I noticed the epaulets of a colonel and the green cap with a visor.

    Beasts, Men and Gods Ferdinand Ossendowski
British Dictionary definitions for visor


a transparent flap on a helmet that can be pulled down to protect the face
a piece of armour fixed or hinged to the helmet to protect the face and with slits for the eyes
another name for peak (sense 6)
a small movable screen used as protection against glare from the sun, esp one attached above the windscreen of a motor vehicle
(archaic or literary) a mask or any other means of disguise or concealment
(transitive) to cover, provide, or protect with a visor; shield
Derived Forms
visored, vizored, adjective
visorless, vizorless, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French viser, from Old French visiere, from vis face; see visage
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Word Origin and History for visor

c.1300, "front part of a helmet," from Anglo-French viser, from Old French visiere, from vis "face" (see visage). Meaning "eyeshade" is recorded from 1925.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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