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cresset


cresset


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cresset  \Cres"set\  (kr?s"s?t),  n.  [OF.  crasset,  cresset,  sort  of 
  lamp  or  torch;  perh.  of  Dutch  or  German  origin,  and  akin  to 
  E.  cruse,  F.  creuset  crucible,  E.  crucible.] 
  1.  An  open  frame  or  basket  of  iron,  filled  with  combustible 
  material,  to  be  burned  as  a  beacon;  an  open  lamp  or 
  firrepan  carried  on  a  pole  in  nocturnal  processions. 
 
  Starry  lamps  and  blazing  cressets,  fed  With  naphtha 
  and  asphaltus.  --Milton. 
 
  As  a  cresset  true  that  darts  its  length  Of  beamy 
  luster  from  a  tower  of  strength.  --Wordsworth. 
 
  2.  (Coopering)  A  small  furnace  or  iron  cage  to  hold  fire  for 
  charring  the  inside  of  a  cask,  and  making  the  staves 
  flexible.  --Knight.