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Veil (verb)

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To Veil. v.n. [velo, Lat. See Vail.]

  1. To cover with a veil, or any thing which conceals the face.

    Her face was veil'd; yet to my fancied sight,
    Love, sweetness, goodness in her person shin'd.
    Milton.

    It became the Jewish fashion when they went to pray, to veil their heads and faces. Boyle.

  2. To cover; to invest.

                        I descry,
    From yonder blazing cloud that veils the hill,
    One of the heav'nly host.
    Milton.

  3. To hide; to conceal.

    Of darkness visible so much be lent,
    As half to shew, half veil the deep intent.
    Pope's Dunciad.

Sources: Boyle, Robert (84) · Milton, John (449) · Pope, Alexander (393)

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