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pall1

[pawl] /pɔl/
noun
1.
a cloth, often of velvet, for spreading over a coffin, bier, or tomb.
2.
a coffin.
3.
anything that covers, shrouds, or overspreads, especially with darkness or gloom.
4.
Ecclesiastical.
  1. pallium (def 2b).
  2. a linen cloth or a square cloth-covered piece of cardboard used to cover a chalice.
5.
Heraldry. pairle.
6.
Archaic. a cloth spread upon an altar; corporal.
7.
Archaic. a garment, especially a robe, cloak, or the like.
verb (used with object)
8.
to cover with or as with a pall.
Origin of pall1
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English pæll pope's pallium < Latin pallium cloak
Related forms
pall-like, adjective
Can be confused
pale, pail, pall, pallor (see synonym study at pale)
Synonyms
3. shadow, melancholy, oppression.
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Examples from the Web for pall-like
Historical Examples
  • On the bed, surrounded by its heavy, pall-like green curtains, lay the dead son.

    Mary Barton Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • The silence in the room was deathly, the heat intense, heavy, pall-like.

    The Lamp in the Desert Ethel M. Dell
  • Both dashed off at a rapid pace, through a drenching storm, with such a pall-like darkness that they could not see each other.

    Clotelle William Wells Brown
  • Before them was a pall-like darkness and the endless patter of rain.

    The Lamp in the Desert Ethel M. Dell
  • Blacker than midnight were the pall-like clouds that "hung the heavens."

    Ellen Walton Alvin Addison
  • The great valley was preternaturally still, and pall-like as if steeped in the colours of the long, long night.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • In the pall-like blackness which followed ears listened intently, but could distinguish nothing except the lash of the sea.

    Submarine Warfare of To-day Charles W. Domville-Fife
  • Mrs. Whaling, like some human fungus, seemed to thrive in the pall-like depth of the social darkness and depression.

    Marion's Faith. Charles King
  • It seemed strange to Juliette that there did not hang over it some sort of pall-like presentiment of coming evil.

    I Will Repay Baroness Emmuska Orczy
British Dictionary definitions for pall-like

pall1

/pɔːl/
noun
1.
a cloth covering, usually black, spread over a coffin or tomb
2.
a coffin, esp during the funeral ceremony
3.
a dark heavy covering; shroud: the clouds formed a pall over the sky
4.
a depressing or oppressive atmosphere: her bereavement cast a pall on the party
5.
(heraldry) an ordinary consisting of a Y-shaped bearing
6.
(Christianity)
  1. a small square linen cloth with which the chalice is covered at the Eucharist
  2. an archaic word for pallium (sense 2)
7.
an obsolete word for cloak
verb
8.
(transitive) to cover or depress with a pall
Word Origin
Old English pæll, from Latin: pallium

pall2

/pɔːl/
verb
1.
(intransitive) often foll by on. to become or appear boring, insipid, or tiresome (to): history classes palled on me
2.
to cloy or satiate, or become cloyed or satiated
Word Origin
C14: variant of appal
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Word Origin and History for pall-like

pall

n.

Old English pæll "rich cloth or cloak, purple robe, altar cloth," from Latin pallium "cloak, coverlet, covering," in Tertullian, the garment worn by Christians instead of the Roman toga; related to pallo "robe, cloak," palla "long upper garment of Roman women," perhaps from the root of pellis "skin." Notion of "cloth spread over a coffin" (mid-15c.) led to figurative sense of "dark, gloomy mood" (1742).

v.

"become tiresome," 1700, from Middle English pallen "to become faint, fail in strength" (late 14c.), shortened form of appallen "to dismay, fill with horror or disgust" (see appall). Related: Palled; palling.

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