Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A machine in which paper or cloth is made smooth and glossy by being pressed through rollers.
  • transitive v. To press (paper or cloth) in the rollers of such a machine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Common misspelling of calendar.
  • n. A machine, used for the purpose of giving cloth, paper etc., a smooth, even, and glossy or glazed surface, by cold or hot pressure, or for watering them and giving them a wavy appearance; it consists of two or more cylinders revolving nearly in contact, with the necessary apparatus for moving and regulating.
  • n. One who pursues the business of calendering.
  • v. To press between rollers for the purpose of making smooth and glossy, or wavy, as woolen and silk stuffs, linens, paper etc., as in the homonymous machine.
  • n. One of a wandering, mendicant Sufic order of fantastically dressed or painted dervishes, founded in the 13th century by an Arab named Yusuf.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A machine, used for the purpose of giving cloth, paper, etc., a smooth, even, and glossy or glazed surface, by cold or hot pressure, or for watering them and giving them a wavy appearance. It consists of two or more cylinders revolving nearly in contact, with the necessary apparatus for moving and regulating.
  • n. One who pursues the business of calendering.
  • n. One of a sect or order of fantastically dressed or painted dervishes.
  • intransitive v. To press between rollers for the purpose of making smooth and glossy, or wavy, as woolen and silk stuffs, linens, paper, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To press in a calender, as cloth or paper.
  • n. A lark. See calandra, 1.
  • n. A weevil.
  • n. One of an order of dervishes founded in the fourteenth century by an Andalusian Arab named Yusuf, who was expelled from the order of Bektashis on account of his extreme arrogance.
  • n. An obsolete corrupt form of coliander for coriander.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. press between rollers or plates so as to smooth, glaze, or thin into sheets
  • n. a machine that smooths or glazes paper or cloth by pressing it between plates or passing it through rollers

Etymologies

French calandre, from Vulgar Latin *colendra, alteration (possibly influenced by Latin columna, column) of Latin cylindrus, roller; see cylinder.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Persian قلندر (ghalandar, "wandering dervish"), from Arabic قلندار (qalandār, "wandering dervish"), itself from Persian کلندر (kalandar, "uncouth man"), from کلند (kaland, "rough, unshaven"). (Wiktionary)

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  • Persian qalandar, from Arabic, from middle Persian kalandar - uncouth man. one of a Sufic order of wandering mendicant dervishes. Is its meaning derived from the pressure felt from mendicants - "putting the squeeze on"

    August 30, 2009

  • Smooth-surfaced paper made by squeezing the pulp between a series of two large rolls (calenders).

    I was just typing it up when you posted. ;-)

    February 21, 2007

  • OK, I *know* reesetee doesn't misspell things. What does this mean?

    February 21, 2007