—v.ôr'nu-ment", -munt), [key]
1. an accessory, article, or detail used to beautify the appearance of something to which it is added or of which it is a part: architectural ornaments.
2. a system, category, or style of such objects or features; ornamentation: a book on Gothic ornament.
3. any adornment or means of adornment.
4. a person or thing that adds to the credit or glory of a society, era, etc.
5. the act of adorning.
6. the state of being adorned.
7. mere outward display: a speech more of ornament than of ideas.
8. Chiefly Eccles.any accessory, adjunct, or equipment.
9. Music.a tone or group of tones applied as decoration to a principal melodic tone.
1. to furnish with ornaments; embellish: to ornament a musical composition.
2. to be an ornament to: Several famous scientists were acquired to ornament the university.
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