NABOKV-L post 0010730, Tue, 7 Dec 2004 16:20:15 -0800

Fw: more on lunette

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Date: Tue, 7 Dec 2004 23:49:15 +0900
From: Akiko Nakata <>

Jansy sent me the difinitions of "lunette" given by COD. When I translated
TT, I was
satisfied with the 3rd definition in Webster 2 (as Jansy cited, "the hole in
a guillotine for the victim's neck") and did not think about its meaning any
more. I confess I did not know the other dictionaries did not give that
meaning. I have just found Webster 3 does not have it either! Why did VN
choose such rare terms--anide, lunette, kix? Another definition of lunette
in Webster 2, "a watch crystal flattened in the center" reminds me of "The
entire solar system is but a reflection in the crystal of my (or your) wrist
watch" in the last letter from Mr. R. It sounds close to the kix too. But I
have no idea about the meaning of the crystal connection.


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From: "Jansy Berndt de Souza Mello" <>
To: "Akiko Nakata" <>
Sent: Tuesday, December 07, 2004 10:34 AM
Subject: Fw: more on lunette

> Concise Oxford Dictionary:
> 1. an arched aperture in a domed ceiling to admit light;
> 2. a crescent-shaped (meniscus? JM ) or semicircular space or alcove which
> contains a painting, statue ( not a Pauline Anide, I´m sure...);
> 3. a watch-glass of flattened shape;
> 4. a ring through which a hook is placed to attach a vehicle to the
> towing it;
> 5. a temporary fortification with two faces forming a salient angle, and
> flanks;
> 6. RC Church a holder for the consecrated host in a monstrance.
> French diminutive of lune.
> In the Oxford Dic. there is no entry for the "guillotine", as in the
> mailing with: " the hole in the guillotine for the victim´s neck" by
> L. Taylor in the Websters! ( I wonder why )

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