One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- past tense of come
Each of a number of strips forming a framework for enclosing a pane of glass, especially in a leaded window.
- ‘The lead cames used in stained glass are made by an extrusion process where the molten metal is pressed through a steel die.’
- ‘These cames are soldered to one another so that the panel is secure.’
- ‘While putty was once necessary to stabilize the glass in the grooves of the lead cames, glass is held in the modern copper cames with adhesive.’
- ‘Lead was used to make window cames for holding stained glass in windows, and can be found particularly at cathedral sites.’
- ‘This invention is an improvement over the prior art method of molding cames between glass pieces of a cut glass panel.’
Late 16th century: of unknown origin.
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