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pall 1 (pôl)
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n.
1. A cover for a coffin, bier, or tomb, often made of black, purple, or white velvet.
2. A coffin, especially one being carried to a grave or tomb.
3.
a. A covering that darkens or obscures: a pall of smoke over the city.
b. A gloomy effect or atmosphere: "A pall of depressed indifference hung over Petrograd during February and March 1916" (W. Bruce Lincoln).
4. Ecclesiastical
a. A linen cloth or a square of cardboard faced with cloth used to cover the chalice.
b. See pallium.
tr.v. palled, pall·ing, palls
To cover with or as if with a pall.

[Middle English pal, from Old English pæll, cloak, covering, from Latin pallium.]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
 
pall 2 (pôl)
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v. palled, pall·ing, palls
v.intr.
1. To become insipid, boring, or wearisome.
2. To have a dulling, wearisome, or boring effect.
3. To become cloyed or satiated.
v.tr.
1. To cloy; satiate.
2. To make vapid or wearisome.

[Middle English pallen, to grow feeble, probably short for appallen; see APPALL.]

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