American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Fabric or material formed by weaving, knitting, pressing, or felting natural or synthetic fibers.
- n. A piece of fabric or material used for a specific purpose, as a tablecloth.
- n. Nautical Canvas.
- n. Nautical A sail.
- n. The characteristic attire of a profession, especially that of the clergy.
- n. The clergy: a man of the cloth.
- idiom. in cloth With a clothbound binding; as a clothbound book.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Pl. cloths (klôŦhz), in a particular sense clothes (see clothes).
- n. A fabric or texture of wool or hair, or of cotton, flax, hemp, or other vegetable filaments, formed by weaving or intertexture of threads, and used for garments or other covering, and for various other purposes; specifically, in the trade, a fabric of wool, in contradistinction to one made of other material.
- n. A piece of cloth used for a particular purpose, generally as a covering, or as the canvas for a painting: as, a table-cloth; an altar-cloth; to spread the cloth (that is, the table-cloth).
- n. Dress; raiment; clothing; clothes. See clothes.
- n. The customary garb of a trade or profession; a livery; specifically, the professional dress of a clergyman.
- n. Hence The clerical office or profession; with the definite article (the cloth), the clergy collectively; clergymen as a class.
- n. Texture; quality.
- Made or consisting of cloth, specifically of woolen cloth: as, a cloth coat or cap; cloth coverings.
- To make into cloth.
- n. Nautical, a breadth of canvas; one of the breadths of canvas in a square or fore-and-aft sail: a general term in relation to the sails of a ship.
- n. uncountable A woven fabric such as used in dressing, decorating, cleaning or other practical use.
- n. A piece of cloth used for a particular purpose.
- n. A form of attire that represents a particular profession.
- n. Priesthood, clergy.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A fabric made of fibrous material (or sometimes of wire, as in wire cloth); commonly, a woven fabric of cotton, woolen, or linen, adapted to be made into garments; specifically, woolen fabrics, as distinguished from all others.
- n. The dress; raiment. [Obs.] See Clothes.
- n. The distinctive dress of any profession, especially of the clergy; hence, the clerical profession.
- n. artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers
- From Middle English cloth, clath, from Old English clāþ ("cloth, clothes, covering, sail"), from Proto-Germanic *klaiþan (“garment”), from Proto-Indo-European *gleit- (“to cling to, cleave, stick”). Cognate with Scots clath ("cloth"), North Frisian klaid ("dress, garment"), West Frisian kleed ("cloth, article of clothing"), Dutch kleed ("robe, dress"), Low German kleed ("dress, garment"), German Kleid ("dress, garment"), Danish klæde ("cloth, dress"), Swedish kläde ("cloth"), Icelandic klæði ("cloth, dressing"), Old English clīþan ("to adhere, stick"). Compare Albanian ngjit ("to stick, attach, glue"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English clāth. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“WORDS OF SIMILAR SOUND: canvas (cloth) principle (rule) canvass (all meanings except _cloth_) principal (chief) capitol (a building) stationary (immovable) capital (all meanings except _building_) stationery (articles) counsel (advice or an adviser) miner (a workman) council (a body of persons) minor (under age) complement (a completing element) angel (a spiritual being) compliment (praise) angle (geometrical) 205.”
“Lay the cloth for two (_She meditates while the waiter lays the cloth_.”
“Therefore, it is becoming more difficult to obtain cloth from the U.S.”
“At any rate, if you are simulating drowning somebody by strapping him to a board, putting a thin cloth over his mouth and nose and pouring water over him to soak the fabric, How is the prisoner supposed to say a word?”
“To the rest of you "purists" who prefer the loin cloth and knife; you have a much better chance of killing a mature buck on a food plot than you ever will under a feeder.”
“When Bi-Ju and C-Ju found him, he had stripped down to a loin cloth and was busy practicing speaking like a Gollum.”
“We ended the trip with a visit to the village where Jamdani cloth is hand woven.”
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“The emory cloth is like a really fine sand papper, you can get at your local hardware store.”
“The breathing ability of this cloth is what makes it ideal for summer wear, and even for summer-to-fall wear like sport jackets by designers like Ralph Lauren.”
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