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Definition of "cresset" []

  • A metal cup, often suspended on a pole, containing burning oil or pitch and used as a torch. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "cresset" in a sentence
  • "The lantern, a kind of cresset protected by a wire globe, was suspended from the roof by a string."
  • "The leaves of the square-stemmed figwort, which they called 'cresset' or 'cressil,' were occasionally placed on a sore; and the yarrow -- locally 'yarra' -- was yet held in estimation as a salve or ointment."
  • "a "cresset," the flames of which were fed with "scrap," which blazed brilliantly, throwing a big glare over all the ship."