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wainscot

[′wānz·kət]
(building construction)
A decorative or protective panel installed over the lower portion of an interior partition or wall.

Wainscot

A protective or decorative facing applied to the lower portion of an interior partition or wall, such as wood paneling or other facing material.

wainscot

A decorative or protective facing, such as wood paneling, that is applied to the lower portion of an interior partition or wall. Also see falling wainscot.
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The walls were wainscoted half-way up, the wainscot being covered with green baize, the remainder with a bright- patterned paper, on which hung three or four prints of dogs' heads; Grimaldi winning the Aylesbury steeple-chase; Amy Robsart, the reigning Waverley beauty of the day; and Tom Crib, in a posture of defence, which did no credit to the science of that hero, if truly represented.
The boards creaked beneath their tread, as if resenting the unaccustomed intrusion; nimble spiders, paralysed by the taper's glare, checked the motion of their hundred legs upon the wall, or dropped like lifeless things upon the ground; the death-watch ticked; and the scampering feet of rats and mice rattled behind the wainscot.
I saw the shadow of a woman, in a cloak and bonnet, pass along the wainscot like a breath
As to the inside, all the walls, instead of wainscot, were lined with hardened and painted tiles, like the little square tiles we call galley-tiles in England, all made of the finest china, and the figures exceeding fine indeed, with extraordinary variety of colours, mixed with gold, many tiles making but one figure, but joined so artificially, the mortar being made of the same earth, that it was very hard to see where the tiles met.
His eye fell upon a newly-painted tenement which had been recently converted into something between a shop and a private house, and which a red lamp, projecting over the fanlight of the street door, would have sufficiently announced as the residence of a medical practitioner, even if the word 'Surgery' had not been inscribed in golden characters on a wainscot ground, above the window of what, in times bygone, had been the front parlour.
Riley felt for him; besides, Louisa Timpson's face, with its light curls, had been a familiar object to him over the pew wainscot on a Sunday for nearly fifteen years; it was natural her husband should be a commendable tutor.
A survey by the Industry Nature Conservation Association (INCA), based at the Wilton International Site near Redcar, shows that the Blomer's Rivulet, Garden Tiger and Southern and Silky Wainscots are among the rare species of moth to be found on Teesside.
This is an excellent evening taken on its own level as a well written moral tale of tiny people - the Borrowers - who live inside the wainscots of our houses.