cress, crest, cresting

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1 A crest is a figure placed on a wreath, coronet, or chapeau, borne above the shield and helmet in a coat of arms.

2 Finial.

3 Any plain or ornamental work, often perforated, running continuously in a horizontal direction, as on a canopy, ridge, screen, or wall, although brattishing is preferred for screens.

4 Bed of mortar in which ridge-tiles were set (probably the origin of the word creasing).

5 Cope, called a crest-table in the Middle Ages.

6 Battlement.

Subjects: Architecture.

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