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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.
As a cresset true that darts its length
Of beamy luster from a tower of strength.
2. (Coopering) A small furnace or
iron cage to hold fire for charring the inside of a cask, and
making the staves flexible. Knight.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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