alcove


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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.
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.
As he approached the creature which stood now behind a large, flat-topped pedestal beside the alcove, he saw lying upon the smooth surface something that almost elicited a gasp of astonishment from him--a simple, common thing it was, or would have been almost anywhere in the world but Caspak--a square bit of paper!
After a brief interval, the voice of the poet-painter-composer-and-cook summoned me back to the alcove.
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.
Meanwhile, upon questioning him in his broken fashion, Queequeg gave me to understand that, in his land, owing to the absence of settees and sofas of all sorts, the king, chiefs, and great people generally, were in the custom of fattening some of the lower orders for ottomans; and to furnish a house comfortably in that respect, you had only to buy up eight or ten lazy fellows, and lay them round in the piers and alcoves.
There seemed to have been grass paths here and there, and in one or two corners there were alcoves of evergreen with stone seats or tall moss-covered flower urns in them.
As she came near the second of these alcoves she stopped skipping.
Here and there, in ornamental alcoves, stretched upon beds of bones, lay dead and dried-up monks, with lank frames dressed in the black robes one sees ordinarily upon priests.