Main definitions of pall in English

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noun

  • 1A cloth spread over a coffin, hearse, or tomb.

    • ‘Ultimately, the only recognition Railton received was to see the bloodstained Union Jack he had used as a pall for temporary burials lowered over the coffin of the Unknown Warrior in the Abbey.’
    • ‘There were immense black plumes at each corner and a black velvet pall covered the coffin.’
    • ‘For his funeral the Archbishop's pall was borne by Sheffield steelworkers to his last resting place in the old churchyard in Bishopthorpe.’
    • ‘He had a deep-seated loathing of the panoply of the Victorian funeral: mummers, mutes, plumes, palls, and all.’
    • ‘During the mass, they covered the coffin with a pall, some kind of cloth. we took it off on the way out the door to the church, and then draped the American flag over his coffin.’
    funeral cloth, coffin covering
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  • 2A dark cloud or covering of smoke, dust, or similar matter.

    ‘a pall of black smoke hung over the quarry’
    • ‘Instantly, a pall of black smoke belched out at them, enveloping them and turning everything dark.’
    • ‘I saw the fireball closely followed by the bang and the pall of smoke.’
    • ‘Black palls of smoke were seen rising from the block adjacent.’
    • ‘Witnesses reported explosions as well as towering flames and a huge pall of black smoke at the scrapyard.’
    • ‘While a pall of acrid fumes spread over the town centre, police sealed off the area to shoppers and firefighters in four engines began tackling the blaze.’
    • ‘The women on the left are sharply defined but a pall of dust or smoke from a fire obscures the features of those on the right.’
    • ‘And as the palls of smoke from the pyres on which animals are being incinerated spread, the livelihood of countless farmers hangs in the balance.’
    • ‘The scene around him looked like the world's end - fire trucks and ambulances grinding their way across a white lake of dust and debris from which the pall of smoke still rose a few blocks away.’
    • ‘Thankfully, the wind had died down, although it left a pall of greasy black smoke over the harbor area.’
    • ‘The cost to the health of citizens who stand daily at the roadside in palls of deadly diesel fumes is incalculable.’
    • ‘A naughty pall of mist has descended on the countryside, but it is far from sombre.’
    • ‘A heavy pall of dense black smoke and fumes poured from the building.’
    • ‘More explosions followed and the pall of smoke grew.’
    • ‘The night was very dark; a pall of shadowy clouds obscured the moon.’
    • ‘The city is sited at the foot of the Port Hills and when there is little wind a pall of smog lies over the city in winter.’
    • ‘The most famous skyline in the world had been changed forever, and in its place hung a pall of smoke and dust in the clear autumn sky.’
    • ‘It was a huge pall of thick black smoke billowing high into the air, west of the capital, that attracted our attention.’
    • ‘There was an enormous pall of smoke everywhere.’
    • ‘Huge thick palls of dirty black smoke stretched up into the orange evening sky from unchecked fires.’
    • ‘Pouring from the top of this volcano, like smoke out of a factory chimney, is a rapidly spreading pall of what looks like steam.’
    cloud, covering, cloak, mantle, veil, shroud, layer, blanket, sheet, curtain, canopy
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    1. 2.1 Something regarded as enveloping a situation with an air of gloom, heaviness, or fear.
      ‘torture and murder have cast a pall of terror over the villages’
      • ‘And my learned friends will be throwing the pall of their caution over the theatre as well, to the impoverishment of all of us.’
      • ‘In the afternoon pall of a holiday weekend - everyone seems to have left the neighborhood, it seems - I went for a walk.’
      • ‘A pall of misery hangs over the film until about the last 20 minutes.’
      • ‘For people who followed the game in person and on television, there was a pall of suspicion about the series from the very start.’
      • ‘After the Fermanagh game, a pall of depression hung over the county.’
      • ‘I suppose he had that Presbyterian character that hangs like a pall over Scotland.’
      • ‘The pall has lifted, but all has not gone swimmingly with Rumania ever since.’
      • ‘A pall of shock and horror now hangs over the tiny community.’
      • ‘It's as though a grimy pall has been lifted off the city and a Bohemian spirit has returned once more to Bohemia.’
      • ‘Yet, last Christmas, people enjoyed the first festive season in decades without the pall of war hanging over their heads.’
      • ‘But don't expect the multiple deaths to put a pall on the plot.’
      • ‘It should have brought a pall of despondency to a wine industry that many claim is on the verge of glut.’
      • ‘I felt like today there was a pall over all of campus.’
      • ‘Soon after, a Taoist priest comes along and informs Mr Tung that his house is ‘covered with a pall of malignant atmosphere’.’
      • ‘And so a pall of defeat, and a sense of wasted lives hangs over Christiane's story, for which her uneasy family reunion cannot quite compensate.’
      • ‘The outcry over the case has thrown a pall over Scotland's justice system.’
      • ‘Later, in a memorial service for the disaster's victims, Gustav sought to spread a pall of general bafflement over events, including the government's dereliction.’
      • ‘A pall descended on the Palace of Westminster, a kind of anxious ennui.’
      • ‘The rain has stopped, but a gray pall still hangs in the air, claiming the day as its own.’
      • ‘Despite a bulging schedule of films and the presence of filmmakers of renown, a pall hung over last year's Local Heroes Film Festival.’
      spoil, take the enjoyment out of, take the fun out of, take the pleasure out of, cast a shadow over, overshadow, envelop in gloom, darken, cloud, put a damper on, mar, blight
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  • 3An ecclesiastical pallium.

    • ‘In the twelfth place, the bishop puts on the Pall, to show himself that he imitates Christ, Who bare our sicknesses.’
    • ‘The bishop's Pall typ­ifies the wandering sheep, and the Prelate, when arrayed in this vestment, bears the image of the Saviour Christ.’
    1. 3.1Heraldry A Y-shaped charge representing the front of an ecclesiastical pallium.
      • ‘The arms of the See of Canterbury (Plate I, Figure D) are ‘azure, an episcopal staff in pale or, ensigned with a cross pattée argent, surmounted of a pall of the last, edged and fringed of the second charged with four crosses pattée fitchée sable.’’
      • ‘The arms of Dublin are virtually identical to those of Armagh, except that the Y-shaped pall has five rather than four black crosses on it.’

Origin

Old English pæll ‘rich (purple) cloth’, ‘cloth cover for a chalice’, from Latin pallium ‘covering, cloak’.

Pronunciation

pall

/pɔl//pôl/

Main definitions of pall in English

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pall2

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Become less appealing or interesting through familiarity.

    ‘the novelty of the quiet life palled’
    • ‘Her first enchantment with the dazzling array had quickly palled.’
    • ‘But, surprisingly for someone who has experience of the former Soviet Union, Roxburgh overlooks the fact that the attractions of capitalism have palled for many people in the former socialist bloc.’
    • ‘But the atmosphere soon palls as you're forced to follow a predetermined path through ALL the store's departments before you can check out.’
    • ‘But I want only this one night, for I am tired, and the game sometimes palls.’
    • ‘Perhaps England is beyond description, a country so unsure of its place in the world now that its present palls in comparison with its imperial past.’
    • ‘The stories never palled and the joy of reading them never faded.’
    • ‘Occasionally, the sheer weight of detail palls, though Yates's style is always light and accessible.’
    • ‘What never palls, however, is the revelation of lifestyle and the personal family saga.’
    • ‘But its extravagant sorrows and symphonic self-seriousness soon palled.’
    • ‘These days the only things I combine are various sorts of books, something that is good for my liver and, moreover, ensures my reading never palls.’
    • ‘There is, of course, a limit to how gripping a narration of running up a stairway can be, and this over-descriptive style palls after a while.’
    • ‘Oliver becomes someone to whom things happen and his innate goodness and innocence palls when he's surrounded by so many more vibrant and colourful characters.’
    • ‘Tea has stayed with me as a drug of choice where others have palled or become unobtainable.’
    • ‘But for one man at least, the role of cheerless automaton seems to be palling.’
    • ‘Eating out every night wasn't on, both for financial reasons and because even the best restaurant food palls after a while.’
    • ‘However, I found the noise palled after a while.’
    • ‘It all falls apart when each gratification palls in the face of mindless repetition.’
    • ‘So when the retail experience palls, you can go on safari.’
    • ‘But such intensity quickly palled, and the Fitzgeralds grew disenchanted with the life they were leading.’
    • ‘The concept starts to flag after a while, as Max's smooth chat palls before repeated atrocities.’
    become tedious, grow tedious, become boring, grow boring, become tiresome, grow tiresome, lose its interest, lose their interest, lose attraction, wear off, cloy
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Origin

Late Middle English: shortening of appall.

Pronunciation

pall

/pôl//pɔl/