Meaning of dimidiation in English:


Pronunciation /dɪˌmɪdɪˈəɪʃ(ə)n/


mass nounHeraldry
  • The combination of two coats of arms by juxtaposing the dexter half of one and the sinister half of the other on a single shield (a practice largely superseded by impalement).

    ‘In Germany, dimidiation is still a common method of marshalling, where one or both of two coats of arms in a combination will be halved, as in the arms of Loschau.’
    • ‘This type of union is known as dimidiation.’
    • ‘It should suffice to note that marshalling of arms is generally accomplished by either: dimidiation, impalement, quartering or superimposition.’
    • ‘The inclusion of a part usually involved a dimidiation (per fess or by another division).’