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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
dado
noun
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Cut edging profile to the height of the dado rail.
▪ Formulated for interior use only, the range is suitable for windows, doors, picture and dado rails, and skirtings.
▪ Pick out any interesting mouldings, dado rails or picture rails in different colours to emphasize these features.
▪ Rail removal I want to take down some dado and picture rails.
▪ Sometimes a fresco was added to the plaster above a gypsum dado.
▪ The bottom of each panel has a pattern which can be trimmed if necessary, to fit individual dado heights.
▪ The same rules apply if you're fitting a dado rail.
▪ This 1900 pub has a tongue-and-groove dado, about which the walls are covered with glazed tiles.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Dado

Dado \Da"do\, n.; pl. Dadoes. [It. dado die, cube, pedestal; of the same origin as E. die, n. See Die, n.] (Arch.)

  1. That part of a pedestal included between the base and the cornice (or surbase); the die. See Illust. of Column. Hence:

  2. In any wall, that part of the basement included between the base and the base course. See Base course, under Base.

  3. In interior decoration, the lower part of the wall of an apartment when adorned with moldings, or otherwise specially decorated.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
dado

1660s, of pedestals, from Italian dado "die, cube," from Latin datum (see die (n.)). Of wood panelling in a room, from 1787.

Wiktionary
dado

n. 1 (context architecture English) The section of a pedestal above the base. 2 (context architecture English) The lower portion of an interior wall decorated differently from the upper portion. 3 (context carpentry English) The rectangular channel in a board cut across the grain. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To furnish with a dado. 2 (context transitive English) To cut a dado.

WordNet
dado
  1. n. panel forming the lower part of an interior wall when it is finished differently from the rest [syn: wainscot]

  2. the section of a pedestal between the base and the surbase

  3. a rectangular groove cut into a board so that another piece can fit into it

  4. [also: dadoes (pl)]

dado
  1. v. provide with a dado; "The owners wanted to dado their dining room"

  2. cut a dado into or fit into a dado

  3. [also: dadoes (pl)]

Wikipedia
Dado (architecture)

In architectural parlance, the dado is the lower part of a wall, below the dado rail and above the skirting board. The word is borrowed from Italian meaning "die" (as an architectural term) or plinth.

DADO

Daniel Warr, also known as Mon Oncle le bossu or DADO, is a street performer, magician and clown. He was born in Montreal and raised in Edmonton, Canada.

He has been performing professionally under the stage name DADO for the past 14 years, with a repertoire of clown, magic and mime. Mostly self-taught in the arts of Vaudevillian performance, he has trained with the likes of Daniel Stein, Bob Burke, Jeff Raz, and Tony Montanaro. His interest in performance began early inspired by Mr. Willard of Willard's house of magic, he soon had his first "job" where he was discovered by The Greamizian Brothers who offered a job at the entertainment department at The West Edmonton Mall.

Dado (joinery)

A dado (US and Canada), housing (UK) or trench (Europe) is a slot or trench cut into the surface of a piece of machinable material, usually wood. When viewed in cross-section, a dado has three sides. A dado is cut across, or perpendicular to, the grain and is thus differentiated from a groove which is cut with, or parallel to, the grain.

A through dado involves cuts which run between both edges of the surface, leaving both ends open. A stopped or blind dado ends before one or both of the cuts meets the edge of the surface

Dados are often used to affix shelves to a bookcase carcase. Combined with a rabbet (rebate) on an adjoining piece, they are used to make the rabbet and dado joint, sometimes used in case goods.

Dado (painter)

Miodrag Đurić (1933–2010), known as Dado, was a Yugoslavian-born artist who spent most of his life and creative career in France. He is particularly known as a painter but was also active as an engraver, drawer, book illustrator and sculptor.

Dado (band)

Dado is an Uzbekistani pop band. The band was created in 1999 by ex- Anor members - Alisher and Rustam Madumarovs and Sherzod Madumarov Being polyglots, they wrote and performed songs in Uzbek, English, Russian, Turkish, German, French, Spanish, Italian and other languages.

Dado achieved great fame in Uzbekistan and some other countries of CIS, producing such hits as Yuragim ("My heart"), Benom ("Nameless"), Лето (Leto, "Summer"), "Chat-Pat" ("Discotheque"). Dado's some music videos were broadcast by MTV Russia.

Usage examples of "dado".

A room like this would probably at one time have had a dado rail at chair height.

Without his help there was no way she could have fixed the dado rail in place anyway.

The pretty floral paper she had chosen now ran from halfway up the walls, over the ceiling and down the opposite walls where it met the white-painted, newly installed dado rail.

Simon approved, touching the paintwork of the dado rail, thankfully oblivious to the tension which was gripping her as she walked into the room.

There was a blue-black dado and a painted cornice with an effect just like plaster bathed in evening light.

The King received us in a lightly furnished reception room, which had a dado with sinuous tendrils of foliage, its colouring and form exactly like one at the Marcellinus villa.

Lamps that were milky opals self-effulgent filled all the chamber with a soft radiance, in which the bas-reliefs of the high dado, delicately carved, portraying those immortal blooms of amaranth and nepenthe and moly and Elysian asphodel, were seen in all their delicate beauty, and the fair painted pictures of the Lord of Krothering and his lady sister, and of Lord Juss above the great open fireplace with Goldry and Spitfire on his left and right.

The room itself, elegantly coved and dadoed, was a sophisticated mix of purples and contrasting shades, mainly ochres and whites, against which the King made a different kind of contrast, dressed today not in his Roman wear but local garments in a whole fruit basket of berry dyes.

Despite the lack of inexpensive fasteners, they had never heard of a dado or a rabbet or a dovetail joint.

Her gaze sought answers in the heavenward-curving voussoirs of the serried vaults, but then slid down the polished marble columns to the life-size sculptures of saints that formed the dados of the pedestals.

En las mesas abarrotadas había ladrones y asesinos bebiendo vino y cerveza, jugando a los dados, discutiendo, cantando, peleándose y dando gritos.

The decadent cartouches and dadoes telling this story were, as I have said, the latest we could find in our limited search.

El favor de los astros (la infinita y ubicua red de causas) le había dado la fortuna, que anula las distancias como el tapiz del árabe, y confunde deseo y posesión, y el don del verso, que transforma las penas verdaderas en una música, un rumor y un símbolo, y el fervor, y en la sangre la batalla de Ituzaingó y el peso de laureles, y el goce de perderse en el errante río del tiempo (río y laberinto) y en los lentos colores de las tardes.

Dijo que era de Yorkshire, que sus padres emigraron a Buenos Aires, que los había perdido en un malón, que la habían llevado los indios y que ahora era mujer de un capitanejo, a quien ya había dado dos hijos y que era muy valiente.

He noticed it was all around him, spattered beneath the dado rail and disguised upon the flock wallpaper.