To take the veil(Eccl.), to receive or be covered with, a veil, as a nun, in token of retirement from the world; to become a nun.

(Veil) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Veiled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Veiling.] [Cf. OF. veler, F. voiler, L. velarc. See Veil, n.] [Written also vail.]

1. To throw a veil over; to cover with a veil.

Her face was veiled; yet to my fancied sight,
Love, sweetness, goodness, in her person shined.

2. Fig.: To invest; to cover; to hide; to conceal.

To keep your great pretenses veiled.

(Veiled) a. Covered by, or as by, a veil; hidden. "Words used to convey a veiled meaning." Earle.

(Veil"ing) n. A veil; a thin covering; also, material for making veils.

(Veil"less), a. Having no veil. Tennyson.

(Vein) n. [OE. veine, F. veine, L. vena.]

1. (Anat.) One of the vessels which carry blood, either venous or arterial, to the heart. See Artery, 2.

(Ve*hic"u*late), v. t. & i. To convey by means of a vehicle; to ride in a vehicle. Carlyle.

(Ve*hic`u*la"tion) n. Movement of vehicles.

(Ve*hic"u*la*to*ry) a. Vehicular. Carlyle.

(Veh"mic) a. [G. vehm, fehm, fehme, a secret tribunal of punishment, MHG. veime, veme: cf. F. vehmique.] Of, pertaining to, or designating, certain secret tribunals which flourished in Germany from the end of the 12th century to the middle of the 16th, usurping many of the functions of the government which were too weak to maintain law and order, and inspiring dread in all who came within their jurisdiction. Encyc. Brit.

(Veil) n. [OE. veile, OF. veile, F. voile, L. velum a sail, covering, curtain, veil, probably fr. vehere to bear, carry, and thus originally, that which bears the ship on. See Vehicle, and cf. Reveal.] [Written also vail.]

1. Something hung up, or spread out, to intercept the view, and hide an object; a cover; a curtain; esp., a screen, usually of gauze, crape, or similar diaphnous material, to hide or protect the face.

The veil of the temple was rent in twain.
Matt. xxvii. 51.

She, as a veil down to the slender waist,
Her unadornéd golden tresses wore.

2. A cover; disguise; a mask; a pretense.

[I will] pluck the borrowed veil of modesty from the so seeming Mistress Page.

3. (Bot.) (a) The calyptra of mosses. (b) A membrane connecting the margin of the pileus of a mushroom with the stalk; — called also velum.

4. (Eccl.) A covering for a person or thing; as, a nun's veil; a paten veil; an altar veil.

5. (Zoöl.) Same as Velum, 3.

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