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or vizor

[vahy-zer] /ˈvaɪ zər/
  1. (on a close helmet) a piece having slits or holes for vision, situated above and pivoted with a beaver or a ventail and beaver.
  2. a similar piece of plate having holes or slits for vision and breathing, attached to or used with any of various other helmets, as the armet, sallet, basinet, or helm.
the projecting front brim of a cap.
a rigid adjustable flap on an automobile windshield that can shield the eyes of a driver from direct sunlight or glare.
a means of concealment; disguise.
verb (used with object)
to protect or mask with a visor; shield.
Origin of visor
1250-1300; Middle English viser < Anglo-French (compare Old French visiere), equivalent to vis face (see visage) + -er -er2
Related forms
visorless, adjective
unvisored, adjective Unabridged
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  • Beneath the visor was an opening for the eyes and lower down one for the mouth.

    The Clansman Thomas Dixon
  • He already had such an advantage that it was all I could do to keep him in my visor screen.

    Dogfight--1973 Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Montgomery took his place, lowered his visor, and set his lance.

    Historic Girlhoods Rupert S. Holland
  • Its visor was up, and what I saw within the casque is stamped for ever on my memory.

    Scottish Ghost Stories Elliott O'Donnell
  • Fair and true, he hit the Norman on the visor, where his lance's point kept hold of the bars.

  • As he passed us, I noticed the epaulets of a colonel and the green cap with a visor.

    Beasts, Men and Gods Ferdinand Ossendowski
  • The lad could see the bullet-hole through the top, and he knew that on the visor was a faded stain of his father's blood.

    Crittenden John Fox, Jr.
  • I received the charge of the enemy "with poised lance, and visor down."

    Gov. Bob. Taylor's Tales Robert L. Taylor
British Dictionary definitions for visor


a transparent flap on a helmet that can be pulled down to protect the face
a piece of armour fixed or hinged to the helmet to protect the face and with slits for the eyes
another name for peak (sense 6)
a small movable screen used as protection against glare from the sun, esp one attached above the windscreen of a motor vehicle
(archaic or literary) a mask or any other means of disguise or concealment
(transitive) to cover, provide, or protect with a visor; shield
Derived Forms
visored, vizored, adjective
visorless, vizorless, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French viser, from Old French visiere, from vis face; see visage
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for visor

c.1300, "front part of a helmet," from Anglo-French viser, from Old French visiere, from vis "face" (see visage). Meaning "eyeshade" is recorded from 1925.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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