|1.||(US), (Canadian) Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): nappy a piece of soft material, esp towelling or a disposable material, wrapped around a baby in order to absorb its excrement|
|2.||a. a woven pattern on fabric consisting of a small repeating design, esp diamonds|
|b. fabric having such a pattern|
|c. such a pattern, used as decoration|
|3.||(tr) to decorate with such a pattern|
|[C14: from Old French diaspre, from Medieval Latin diasprus made of diaper, from Medieval Greek diaspros pure white, from |
in architecture, surface decoration, carved or painted, generally composed of square or lozenge shapes but also of other simple figures, each of which contains a flower, a spray of leaves, or some such device. The pattern is repetitive and is usually based on a square grid. It was a common form of sculptural wall enrichment in Gothic art. An example is the 14th-century pulpitum, or choir screen, of Lincoln cathedral, Lincolnshire, England.
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