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mitre

(US), miter
Christianity the liturgical headdress of a bishop or abbot, in most western churches consisting of a tall pointed cleft cap with two bands hanging down at the back
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Miter

The line formed by the meeting of moldings or other surfaces that intersect each other at an angle; each member is cut at exactly half the angle of the junction
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Miter

 

in the Eastern Orthodox and Catholic churches, a gilded headdress decorated with religious emblems that is worn with full vestments (usually during services) by representatives of the higher clergy (such as the pope and bishops).

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

miter, mitre

The oblique surface forming the beveled end or edge of a piece where a miter joint is made.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

miter

bishop’s headdress signifying his authority. [Christian Symbolism: EB VI]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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