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Aiguille

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Aiguille A needle-shaped peak.
    • Aiguille An instrument for boring holes, used in blasting.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n aiguille A slender form of drill used for boring or drilling a blast-hole in rock.
    • n aiguille A priming-wire or blasting-needle.
    • n aiguille The name given near Mont Blanc to the sharper peaks or clusters of needle-like rock-masses, ordinarily seen wherever the slaty crystalline rocks occur, forming a more or less considerable part of a mountain range, but most strikingly near Chamonix. Hence applied, though rarely, to similar sharply pointed peaks elsewhere.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Aiguille ā-gwēl′ a sharp, needle-like peak of rock, applied esp. to many of the peaks near Mont Blanc: a slender boring-drill for blasting.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., a needle. See Aglet
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. See Aglet.

Usage

In literature:

The Coolin and the Dolomites for him, for he had grown tired of the Chamonix aiguilles.
"Mr. Standfast" by John Buchan
He was born 1851, and was killed, with his guide, on the Aiguille Blanche, near Courmayeur, in July 1882.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
The Chateau de l'Aiguille!
"The Hollow Needle" by Maurice Leblanc
His opponents say: 'You cannot register your force sur l'inclinaison d'une aiguille'.
"Cock Lane and Common-Sense" by Andrew Lang
On the other side of the vale rise the steeps of the Aiguilles Rouges and the Brevent.
"Rivers of Ice" by R.M. Ballantyne
By the way, you were all reading about that ascent of the Aiguille Verte, the other day?
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
The peak of Ben Muich Dhui shot forth from the snow as like the Aiguilles of Mont Blanc, as one needle is like another.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, No. 382, October 1847" by Various
The chain of the Brevent and the Aiguilles-Rouges betrayed itself.
"A Winter Amid the Ice" by Jules Verne
I begin with the Aiguilles.
"Modern Painters, Volume IV (of V)" by John Ruskin
The last-named was killed, aged 31, in a climbing accident in 1882 on the Aiguille Blanche near Courmayeur.
"Rustic Sounds and Other Studies in Literature and Natural History" by Francis Darwin
Beside us was the Aiguille de Charmoz, piercing with its spikes of granite the clear air.
"The Glaciers of the Alps" by John Tyndall
We did not know you had returned from the Aiguille.
"The Beckoning Hand and Other Stories" by Grant Allen
Our attention was engaged by the remarkable spike of rock, a proper aiguille.
"Mount Everest the Reconnaissance, 1921" by Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury
The Aiguille du Geant is, perhaps, the most remarkable monolith shaft in the Alps, and has attained no little fame.
"The Alps" by Martin Conway
They stopped to examine the peak called L'Aiguille, which towers above the gate of the Grande Chartreuse.
"Sister Anne (Novels of Paul de Kock, Volume X)" by Charles Paul de Kock
Burner needle Aiguille pour bruleur.
"English-French and French-English dictionary of the motor car, cycle, and boat" by Frederick Lucas
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