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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n triptych art consisting of a painting or carving (especially an altarpiece) on three panels (usually hinged together)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Triptych Anything in three parts or leaves.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n triptych A picture, carving, or other representation in three compartments side by side: most frequently used for an altar-piece. The central picture is usually complete in itself. The subsidiary designs on either side of it are smaller, and frequently correspond in size and shape to one half of the principal picture, to which they are joined by hinges so that they can be folded over and form a cover to it. The outsides of the folding parts or shutters have sometimes designs painted on them.
    • n triptych A series of writing-tablets, three in number, hinged or tied together. When used for spreading with wax, and writing with the stylus, the outer leaves were recessed for the wax on the inside only, the middle leaf on both sides. These are made of fir-wood, beech-wood, baked clay, ivory, and other material.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Triptych trip′tik a set of tablets consisting of three leaves, each painted with a distinct subject, but joined together by hinges, and capable of being folded so as to present a new face.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. consisting of three layers or plates; (see Tri-) +,, a fold, layer
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. tri, thrice, ptyx, ptychos, a fold, a leaf—ptyssein, to fold.


In literature:

I rather fancy the idea of a triptych in carved old English, if you can manage it.
"The Damnation of Theron Ware" by Harold Frederic
I have already referred to the triptych at Gliss.
"Essays on Life, Art and Science" by Samuel Butler
Of a triptych, called the "Life of Roses," exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Francais, 1903, Jules de Saint Hilaire writes: "Mme.
"Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D." by Clara Erskine Clement
I have already referred to the triptych at Gliss.
"The Humour of Homer and Other Essays" by Samuel Butler
The miniatures had not been meant for the triptych, nor the triptych for them.
"Lady Rose's Daughter" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Another triptych (1309), the Coronation of the Virgin, in the Sala di Lorenzo Monaco, is perhaps his masterpiece.
"Florence and Northern Tuscany with Genoa" by Edward Hutton
We fear our contemporary has, after all, been caught triptyching.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 159, September 1st, 1920" by Various
In the triptych in the centre is Christ with black hair, which is unusual, in his left hand the globe.
"The Old Masters and Their Pictures" by Sarah Tytler
He drew back three shutters, and revealed a triptych, sunk deep in the wall of his little parlor.
"My New Curate" by P.A. Sheehan
E. FRARI, Triptych, Madonna and Saints, 1488.
"The Venetian Painters of the Renaissance" by Bernhard Berenson
It forms as it were a triptych.
"From Edinburgh to India & Burmah" by William G. Burn Murdoch
There is specially a good fragment of an ancient triptych.
"Sketches of Travel in Normandy and Maine" by Edward A. Freeman
His work was of very unequal merit, although he painted hundreds of compositions in triptych form for the churches.
"Vanished towers and chimes of Flanders" by George Wharton Edwards
In the north transept, also, are two triptychs of the Flemish school, by Bellegambe, a native of Douai (1528).
"The Cathedrals of Northern France" by Francis Miltoun
Louise stole a glance at herself across the room in the little triptych mirror against one of the shelves.
"The Quality of Mercy" by W. D. Howells
There is in the Cluny Museum, in Paris, a beautiful triptych, evidently of the sixteenth century.
"Needlework As Art" by Marian Alford
It is thought to have been a triptych originally.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
Ivory triptych eleven inches high; North Italian work, of the fifteenth century.
"Annals of the Bodleian Library, Oxford, A.D. 1598-A.D. 1867" by William Dunn Macray
The design of an ivory triptych is very much that of a three-light window.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 1" by Various
CHURCH OF SAN PIETRO, 312; triptych by Matteo da Gualdo in, 313; fresco in, 313.
"The Story of Assisi" by Lina Duff Gordon

In news:

Simple, direct and memorable, this Aristotelian "triptych" is a handy method to employ whenever you need to make a presentation, long or short, that you want people to remember.
These days form a liturgical triptych that concludes the season of ash and fire, Lent, ushering us into the light of Easter.
Polish troupe brings The Gospels of Childhood Triptych to the MCA.
The Gospels of Childhood Triptych.
Yet several ceramics toward the end of the exhibition, particularly The Bathers Revisited Triptych (2004), stunningly synthesize a lot of things (if not everything) Ms Woodman puts her hand to.
A triptych from India that stays afloat under the weight of some heavy philosophizing.
Upstairs, Syd Sterling's show 'Triptychs: Divisions and Connections' will be on offer during the same time frame .
Jerome Abel Seguin's Triptych sculpture crafted from Javanese mahogany by Ralph Pucci International, 212-633-0452.
A Brahms triptych [email protected] festival focuses on the composer's music, works that inspired him, and those he inspired.
Now a 305-minute triptych film, Red Riding originated in the novels of Ossett-bred David Peace, written in Tokyo and published 1999–2002.
"Triptych": worth quite a bit of Château Pétrus.
The Gospels of Childhood Triptych will be performed six times at the San Francisco International Arts Festival.
Tom Glover's architectural background influences his triptychs.

In science:

Devroye, L. (1993). A triptych of discrete distributions related to the stable law.
Stability for random measures, point processes and discrete semigroups
The first incremental refinement made was to include a non-trivial treatment of the SH: the resulting program, dubbed TRIPTYCH 3, uses the Make Me A Star (MMAS) software package to determine mass loss during collisions as well as the structure and composition profiles of collision products.
Modest-2: A Summary
In order to improve the SE in TRIPTYCH, Hurley wrote wrappers to his single-star evolution (SSE) code (Hurley, Pols & Tout, 2000), closely following the SE interface defined by Hut and Makino.
Modest-2: A Summary
TRIPTYCH can be run online via a web interface, originally developed by Vicki Johnson of Interconnect.
Modest-2: A Summary
Within just a few seconds, the output of TRIPTYCH is displayed, including plots of the orbital dynamics of the parent stars, as well as the stellar profiles and the subsequent evolutionary track on an HR diagram for the collision product.
Modest-2: A Summary
An outgrowth of TRIPTYCH is a sister program, called TRIPLETYCH 4, that simulates the interaction of three stars, including the orbital tra jectories, possible merger(s), and the subsequent evolution of the merger product.
Modest-2: A Summary
Hurley’s implementation of this interface for use within TRIPTYCH and TRIPLETYCH is a promising indicator of the basic soundness of the approach.
Modest-2: A Summary
The main improvement to the state of models since MODEST-1 was the expansion of the ‘toy model’ for interfacing stellar evolution, stellar dynamics and hydrodynamics into a simple working codes called TRIPTYCH and TRIPLETYCH.
Modest-2: A Summary