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An awning or overhang is a secondary covering attached to the exterior wall of a building. It is typically composed of canvas woven of acrylic, cotton or polyester yarn, or vinyl laminated to polyester fabric that is stretched tightly over a light structure of aluminium, iron or steel, possibly wood or transparent material (used to cover solar thermal panels in the summer, but that must allow as much light as possible in the winter).

awning n : a canopy made of canvas to shelter people or things from rain or sun [syn: {sunshade}, {sunblind}]

Awning \Awn"ing\ ([add]n"[i^]ng), n. [Origin uncertain: cf. F. auvent awing, or Pers. [=a]wan, [=a]wang, anything suspended, or LG. havening a place sheltered from wind and weather, E. haven.] 1. A rooflike cover, usually of canvas, extended over or before any place as a shelter from the sun, rain, or wind. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) That part of the poop deck which is continued forward beyond the bulkhead of the cabin. [1913 Webster]

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Canopy means a high cover overarching an open space. It may also refer to:

canopy n 1: the transparent covering of an aircraft cockpit 2: the umbrella-like part of a parachute that fills with air 3: a covering (usually of cloth) that serves as a roof to shelter an area from the weather v : cover with a canopy [also: {canopied}]

113 Moby Thesaurus words for "canopy": Caelus, air, altar carpet, altar cloth, antimacassar, apply to, awning, azure, baldacchino, baldachin, belvedere, blanket, blind, block, blue sky, caelum, canopy of heaven, centerpiece, cerecloth, cerement, cerulean, chrismal, ciborium, cloak, cloth, clothe, cloud, cope, corporal, cover, cover up, cowl, cozy, curtain, doily, dossal, eclipse, empyrean, ether, fanon, film, fingerstall, firmament, gazebo, hat, heaven, heavens, hood, housing, hyaline, jalousie, lamp shade, lay on, lay over, lift, lifts, mantle, marquee, marquise, mask, muffle, obduce, obscure, occult, overlay, overspread, pall, parasol, pavilion, pith helmet, pledget, purdah, put on, roof, scarf, screen, scum, shade, shade tree, sheet, shield, shroud, shutter, sky, smoke screen, spread over, starry heaven, summerhouse, sun hat, sun helmet, sunbonnet, sunshade, superimpose, superpose, tablecloth, tarpaulin, tent, tester, the blue, the blue serene, tidy, topee, umbrella, vault, vault of heaven, veil, veiling, venetian blind, visor, welkin, window curtain, window screen, window shade

Canopy \Can"o*py\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Canopes}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Canopying}.] To cover with, or as with, a canopy. ``A bank with ivy canopied.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Canopy \Can"o*py\ (k[a^]n"[-o]*p[y^]), n.; pl. {Canopies} (-p[i^]z). [OE. canapie, F. canap['e] sofa, OF. conop['e]e, conopeu, conopieu, canopy, vail, pavilion (cf. It. canop[`e] canopy, sofa), LL. conopeum a bed with mosquito curtains, fr. Gr. kwnwpei^on, fr. kw`nwps gnat, kw`nos cone + 'w`ps face. See {Cone}, and {Optic}.] 1. A covering fixed over a bed, dais, or the like, or carried on poles over an exalted personage or a sacred object, etc. chiefly as a mark of honor. ``Golden canopies and beds of state.'' --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. (Arch.) (a) An ornamental projection, over a door, window, niche, etc. (b) Also, a rooflike covering, supported on pillars over an altar, a statue, a fountain, etc. [1913 Webster]

Data Sources:

  • awning: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • awning: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • canopy: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • canopy: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • canopy: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • canopy: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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