Meaning of sconce

sconce

Pronunciation: (skons), [key]
— n.
  1. a bracket for candles or other lights, placed on a wall, mirror, picture frame, etc.
  2. the hole or socket of a candlestick, for holding the candle.

sconce

Pronunciation: (skons), [key]
— n., v., sconced, sconc•ing.
—n.
  1. a small detached fort or defense work, as to defend a pass, bridge, etc.
  2. a protective screen or shelter.
—v.t.
  1. to protect with a sconce.
  2. to protect; shelter.

sconce

Pronunciation: (skons), [key]
— v., n. sconced, sconc•ing,
—v.t.
  1. (at English universities, esp. formerly) to fine (an undergraduate) for a breach of rules or etiquette.
—n.
  1. a fine so imposed.

sconce

Pronunciation: (skons), [key]
— n.
  1. the head or skull.
  2. sense or wit.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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