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SCONCE (Lat. absconsus, Fr. esconce)

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Originally appearing in Volume V24, Page 407 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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SCONCE (Lat. absconsus, Fr. esconce) , a word of many meanings, mostly signifying a covering or protection, or, by extension, that which is covered or protected. Its most familiar significance is that of a wall light, consisting of a metal bracket, with two or more socketed branches for candles. The word is .also used for the orifice of a candlestick into which the candle is fixed, and for the rim of metal, glass or china, placed round a candle to intercept grease droppings. Among its obsolete meanings is that of head or skull. At the English universities " to sconce " is still used as the term for imposing a penalty at dinner in the shape of a quart-pot of beer or cider.
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