|a low wall forming a base for a construction, as a colonnade or dome; the masonry supporting a classical temple|
|the part of a classical entablature between the architrave and the cornice, usually decorated with sculpture in low relief|
|1.||anything that is shaped like a crescent|
|2.||an oval or circular opening to admit light in a dome|
|3.||a semicircular panel containing a window, mural, or sculpture|
|4.||a ring attached to a vehicle, into which a hook is inserted so that it can be towed|
|5.||a type of fortification like a detached bastion|
|6.||RC Church Also called: lune a case fitted with a bracket to hold the consecrated host|
|[C16: from French: crescent, from lune moon, from Latin lūna]|
arching aperture in a wall or concave ceiling. It may be crescent-shaped or semicircular. The word is the French diminutive of lune, "moon." Lunettes may function as windows, they may form a cove for ornament or statuary, or they may be simply a section of wall framed by an arch or vault. In the last case, the area will sometimes be decorated with a mural.
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