from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Linen cloth usually woven with a slight open pattern of colored threads, like gingham, used originally as a towel for drying fine porcelain, glass, etc., and now employed as a background for embroidery.
  • n. A woven fabric made of threads of glass, which are very pliable when extremely thin. The fibers are bunched without twisting, and the stuff is woven of these bunches or groups.
  • n. An abrasive cloth made by sifting finely powdered glass on cloth covered with glue.


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  • She had nothing to say in opposition to Mrs. Davis, and therefore she went on crying, and again wiped her eyes with the glass-cloth.

    The Three Clerks

  • Hereupon Norah began to cry, and to wipe her beautiful eyes with the glass-cloth.

    The Three Clerks

  • Then, far down a shaft wrought of beaten aluminum, a hatch opened, light blazed forth, and Joseph appeared in an ancient spacesuit fashioned of glass-cloth.

    Tiger! Tiger!

  • We then make the beds, help in the washing-up, clean the knives, and this morning I undertook the dinner, and washed out some of the clothes, as we have not been able to find a towel, duster, or glass-cloth, whilst

    A Lady's Life on a Farm in Manitoba

  • All you have to do is to get some common glass-cloth, tolerably fine, with cross-bars of red or blue, and some red or navy blue knitting-cotton, which you can buy either by the pound or the ball.

    Little Folks (July 1884) A Magazine for the Young

  • The only drawback was the immense time he took over each glass, and the way he followed either Miss A--- or me all about the house, holding a tumbler in one hand, and a long, clean glass-cloth in the other, calling upon us to admire the polish of the crystal.

    Station Amusements

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