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alcove

any recessed usually vaulted area, as in a garden wall

Alcove

A small recessed space, connected to or opening directly into a larger room.

alcove

[′al‚kōv]
(architecture)
A recessed part of a room.
A small room that opens into a larger one.
An arched opening in a wall.
(geology)
A large niche formed by a stream in a face of horizontal strata.

alcove

A small recessed space, opening directly into a larger room.
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They left the alcove and sat down in the two chairs they had occupied before, opposite to one another.
Philippe made his appearance from the alcove, as he pushed aside a sliding panel placed behind the bed.
To this end he crossed the room toward the door but he had taken only a few steps when the hangings before the alcove separated and the figure of a woman appeared in the opening.
The girl, whose back was toward the door, seemed at first not to realize that someone had entered, but when she did she turned quickly and as her eyes fell upon the man whose terrible face was now distorted with an expression of hideous rage she turned, screaming, and fled toward the alcove.
But no sounds came from below to indicate that anyone there had heard the explosion, and presently the man's attention was distracted from the door to the alcove, between the hangings of which the face of the girl appeared.
Suddenly from a dark alcove another Wieroo rushed out toward him.
The Englishman was glad that he could not see into the dark alcove or know what were all the ingredients that constituted the mess before him, for he was very hungry.
Drawing aside the curtains, he revealed to view an alcove, in which stood a neat little gas-stove for cooking.
After a brief interval, the voice of the poet-painter-composer-and-cook summoned me back to the alcove.
As they did so they passed the dim alcove or cavern of the cloak room, and saw a short, black-coated figure, presumably an attendant, standing a little way back in the shadow of it.
The short jacket and the low, round hat he assumed in a sort of curtained alcove containing a washstand, a row of wooden pegs and a shelf, brought out wonderfully the length of his grave, brown face.
Harthouse, in an alcove in the garden, talking very low; he stood leaning over her, as they whispered together, and his face almost touched her hair.