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wainscot

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noun wain·scot \ˈwān-skət, -ˌskōt, -ˌskät\

Definition of wainscot

  1. 1 British :  a fine grade of oak imported for woodwork

  2. 2a (1) :  a usually paneled wooden lining of an interior wall (2) :  a lining of an interior wall irrespective of materialb :  the lower three or four feet (about one meter) of an interior wall when finished differently from the remainder of the wall

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Origin and Etymology of wainscot

Middle English, from Middle Dutch wagenschot, probably from wagen wagon + schot shot, crossbar

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wainscot

verb wain·scot

Definition of wainscot

wainscoted

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wainscotted

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wainscoting

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wainscotting

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to line with or as if with boards or paneling

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First Known Use of wainscot

1570

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WAINSCOT Defined for Kids

wainscot

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noun wain·scot \ˈwān-skət, -ˌskōt, -ˌskät\

Definition of wainscot for Students

  1. :  the bottom part of an inside wall especially when made of material different from the rest



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