American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A ruffled, gathered, or pleated border or projection, such as a fabric edge used to trim clothing or a curled paper strip for decorating the end of the bone of a piece of meat.
- n. A ruff of hair or feathers about the neck of an animal or a bird.
- n. A wrinkling of the edge of a photographic film.
- n. Informal Something that is desirable but not a necessity; a luxury. See Synonyms at luxury.
- v. To make into a ruffle or frill.
- v. To add a ruffle or frill to.
- v. To become wrinkled along the edge.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To shiver with cold, as a hawk or other bird.
- n. A shivering with cold, as a bird; the ruffling of a bird's feathers when shivering with cold.
- n. A narrow ornamental bordering made of a strip of textile material, of which one edge is gathered and the other left loose, as in a narrow flounce; a ruffle.
- n. Hence Anything resembling such a border.
- n. Specifically.
- n. The projecting fringe of hair on the chest of some dogs, as the collie.
- n. Some fringing part or process of an animal, like a ruffle; a frilling: as, the genital frills of a hydrozoan.
- n. In hymenomycetous fungi, a superior annulus or ring; an annulus formed of tissue suspended from the apex of the stipe and free at other points, at first forming a membranous covering for the hymenium, but detached as the pileus expands; an armilla.
- n. In photography, the swelling and loosening of a gelatin film around the edges of a plate. See frill, verb
- n. An affectation of dress or of manner; an air: usually in the plural: as, he puts on too many frills.
- To form into a frill; flute or plait: as, to frill a border in a dress.
- To ornament with frills; as, to frill a child's garment.
- To become frilled or ruffled. Specifically, in photography, said of the gelatin film of a dry plate when in course of the development, from too high temperature of the water or other cause, it rises from the glass in ruffles, which may be sufficiently extended to destroy the picture, or even to cause the entire film to slip from the plate.
- n. The shell of a kind of scallop.
- n. A strip of pleated material used as decoration or trim; a ruffle.
- n. photography A wrinkled edge to a film.
- n. A luxury.
- v. To make something into a frill.
- v. To become wrinkled.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To shake or shiver as with cold.
- v. (Photog.) To wrinkle; -- said of the gelatin film.
- v. To provide or decorate with a frill or frills; to turn back. in crimped plaits.
- n. A ruffing of a bird's feathers from cold.
- n. A ruffle, consisting of a fold of membrane, of hairs, or of feathers, around the neck of an animal.
- n. A similar ruffle around the legs or other appendages of animals.
- n. A ruffled varex or fold on certain shells.
- n. A border or edging secured at one edge and left free at the other, usually fluted or crimped like a very narrow flounce.
- n. Something superfluous, such as an ornament, or an additional function on a device or in a system not essential to the basic operation. -- Commonly used in the phrase no frills, used adjectively to indicate a fully functional but economical device or service.
- n. ornamental objects of no great value
- n. (paleontology) a bony plate that curves upward behind the skull of many ceratopsian dinosaurs
- n. an external body part consisting of feathers or hair about the neck of a bird or other animal
- n. a strip of pleated material used as a decoration or a trim
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Graceful and handsome, they resembled avians rather than reptiles; their skin varied in shade from a dark brown to a golden tan, and their heads bore a kind of frill like an iguana's, that ran from the base of the neck to a point just above and between the eyes.”
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