vail [veil] n

AFr < L. vēlum, sail, curtain.

  1. Ground cover; [fig.] yardage of snow; white layer of snow coverage.
  2. Net; gauze; scarf; gossamer headdress; sheer silken cloth; lacy material used to protect the face; filmy piece of fabric to hide the face.
  3. Curtain; partition; screen; [fig.] boundary between mortality and immortality.
  4. Mantle; drapery; cloak; pall.
  5. Phrase. “walk within the Vail”: enter the most holy place; go into the presence God; priesthood garments; (see Exodus 26:33-34).

vail [-ing] v

OFr veler.

  1. Cover; conceal; hide.
  2. Drape; cause to flow; make a trail with.
  3. Protect; shield; screen to avoid being overwhelmed by intense light (see Exodus 34:35).
  4. Shroud; encircle; surround; wrap in winding clothes.