from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Openwork embroidery in which the ground fabric is cut away from the design.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A form of embroidery in which intervening fabric is cut away
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An ancient term for embroidery, esp. applied to the earliest form of lace, or to that early embroidery on linen and the like, from which the manufacture of lace was developed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. and adjective
- n. In embroidery, applique work: so called because the pattern is cut out and sewed upon the ground.
- n. The earliest form of lace; fine needlework upon linen or silk from which a part of the background was cut away, leaving the design pierced. See lace.
- Made of cut-work.
- n. In typographic printing, the presswork of woodcuts or their electrotypes, or of illustrations of any kind, that requires more skill than that given to ordinary type-work.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. embroidery in which the design is outlined in a buttonhole stitch and the intervening material is cut away
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