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samite

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n samite a heavy silk fabric (often woven with silver or gold threads); used to make clothing in the Middle Ages
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Samite A species of silk stuff, or taffeta, generally interwoven with gold. "In silken samite she was light arrayed."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n samite Originally, a heavy silk material each thread of which was supposed to be twisted of six fibers; later, rich heavy silk material of any kind, especially that which had a satin-like gloss.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Samite sam′it a kind of heavy silk stuff.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. samit, LL. samitum, examitum, from LGr., woven with six threads; Gr. six + a thread. See Six, and cf. Dimity
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. samit—Low L. examitum—Gr. hexamiton, hex, six, mitos, thread.

Usage

In literature:

We must pall the barge all its length in blackest samite.
"Anne Of Green Gables" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
With them they carried the Holy Grail hidden beneath its cloth of snow-white samite.
"Good Stories For Great Holidays" by Frances Jenkins Olcott
The tent was white round about, and the hanging above was of the richest silk, the same as red samite.
"High History of the Holy Graal" by Unknown
Then there entered into the hall the Holy Grail covered with white samite, but there was none might see it, nor who bare it.
"Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume II (of II)" by Thomas Malory
And all the gear and furniture of this horse was of silver and of white samite embellished with silver.
"The Story of the Champions of the Round Table" by Howard Pyle
The child seemed languid and dull, and the Lord King offered a chasuble of samite to the blessed Edmund of Pontigny at his altar at Canterbury.
"Our Little Lady" by Emily Sarah Holt
Doucebelle, watching her with deep yet concealed interest, fancied she saw tears glistening on the samite.
"Earl Hubert's Daughter" by Emily Sarah Holt
And in the midst of it was the table of silver, and the Holy Graal which was covered with red samite.
"The Book of Romance" by Various
The Sire de Pirenne lay upon a huge square of red samite edged with gold, draped over the flat bed of a four-wheeled cart.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
The bride was clothed in white samite, and her hair shone like the sun.
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick
Always the skeptic, Mallory raised a corner of the samite in order to make certain that he was not being cheated.
"A Knyght Ther Was" by Robert F. Young
An hour or so brought him to the water-side, and on the strand there lay awaiting him a ship all covered with white samite.
"Historic Tales, Vol 14 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
A twist of gold was wound round her hair, a priceless robe of satiny samite clung about her beautiful limbs.
"Tales from Tennyson" by Molly K. Bellew
I see a cloth of red samite O'er the holy vessels spread.
"Songs and Satires" by Edgar Lee Masters
Thiebault had brought from his chests a piece of red samite, and he bade his people cut out and make a sleeve, wide and long.
"King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table" by Unknown
For she was clothed in scarlet samite, laced full seemly, and about her neck hung a mantle of ermine, never did queen wear better.
"Tales from the Old French" by Various
The crimson and the samite, the gold-embroidered garments with the ermines, were now laid aside for a plain grey robe trimmed with grey and white fur.
"The Boy's Book of Heroes" by Helena Peake
Ampaya, Samit Tapis, cloth worn by women round the hips.
"The Inhabitants of the Philippines" by Frederic H. Sawyer
She was clad in white samite, and on her shoulder was perched a pet pigeon.
"The King of Schnorrers" by Israel Zangwill
His coat of darkest samite became the warrior well.
"The Nibelungenlied" by Unknown
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In poetry:

In dim samite was she bedight,
And on her hair a hoop of gold,
Like fox-fire in the tawn moonlight,
Was glimmering cold.
"Morgan le Fay" by Madison Julius Cawein
In samite sark yclad was she;
And that fair glimmerish band of gold
Which crowned long, savage locks of hair
In the moon brent cold.
"A Mabinogi" by Madison Julius Cawein
Surely, these graceful, tender songs
(In samite garb with lots of gilt on)
Are more to you than those dull tome?
Her pastor gave to Lizzie Tilton!
"To De Witt Miller" by Eugene Field
Have fancied thee in some quaint ruined keep
A maiden in chaste samite, and her mien
Like that of loved ones visiting our sleep,
Or of a fairy queen.
"The Ideal" by Madison Julius Cawein
Or in Breceliand, on some high tower,
Clad white in samite, last of her lost race,
My soul beholds her, lovelier than a flower,
Gazing with pensive face.
"Romance" by Madison Julius Cawein
Lo, as she spake, a wondrous light
Made all that lonely chamber bright,
And o'er the infant's bed
A spirit hand, as samite pail,
Held sodaine foorth the Holy Grail
Above the infant's head.
"The Vision Of The Holy Grail" by Eugene Field

In news:

A beautiful small samit, or compound silk twill, displays Annunciation and Nativity scenes in interlacing roundels.
Spend another night in the vaults on this New Sounds, with a program from November of 1992, featuring Samite of Uganda.
Samite Mulondo, once forced to flee his cherished homeland into political exile, now returns there regularly as part of his own charitable organization, Musicians for World Harmony (MWH).
It's a musical journey through an overlooked part of Africa, with excerpts from the Ethiopiques series, the new Zanzibara series, and recordings by Nursery Boys, Samite, and more.
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In science:

Samit Dasgupta and Jeremy Teitelbaum, The p-adic upper half plane, p-adic geometry, Univ.
Computing quotients of the Bruhat-Tits tree for GL2(Qp) by quaternionic groups
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