American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Thread made from fibers of the flax plant.
- n. Cloth woven from this thread.
- n. Articles or garments made from linen or a similar cloth, such as cotton; bed sheets and tablecloths.
- n. Paper made from flax fibers or having a linenlike luster.
- adj. Made of flax or linen.
- adj. Resembling linen.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Made of the fibers of flax: as, linen thread; linen cloth.
- Resembling linen cloth; white; pale.
- n. A fabric of linen yarn or thread; cloth woven from the fibers of flax; in the plural, linen cloth in general; manufactures of flax-fiber: as, Irish linens. The principal fabrics included in the term linens are lawn, cambric, batiste, damask, diaper, and glass-cloth, besides the heavy qualities known as toweling, shirting, sheeting, etc.
- n. Collectively, articles of linen fabric, or by extension (in modern use) of linen and cotton, or of cotton alone for household use, as tablecloths, napkins, etc. (table-linen), sheets and pillow-cases (bed-linen), towels, etc., or for underwear (body-linen), etc.
- n. Linen thread.
- n. Cloth made of hemp.
- n. plural Sails.
- n. uncountable Thread or cloth made from flax fiber.
- n. countable Domestic textiles, such as tablecloths, bedding, towels, under clothes, etc., that are made of linen or linen-like fabrics of cotton or other fibers; linens.
- n. A light beige colour, like that of linen cloth undyed.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Made of linen
- adj. Resembling linen cloth; white; pale.
- n. Thread or cloth made of flax or (rarely) of hemp; -- used in a general sense to include cambric, shirting, sheeting, towels, tablecloths, etc.
- n. Underclothing, esp. the shirt, as being, in former times, chiefly made of linen.
- n. a fabric woven with fibers from the flax plant
- n. white goods or clothing made with linen cloth
- n. a high-quality paper made of linen fibers or with a linen finish
- From Middle English, from Old English līnen ("linen", "made of flax"), from Proto-Germanic *līnīnaz (“made of flax”), from Proto-Germanic *līnan (“flax”), from Proto-Indo-European *līn- (“flax”). Cognate with Latin linum ("flax"). More at line. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English līnen, made of flax, from Germanic *līnin-, from *līnam, flax, probably from Latin līnum; see librevema.gifno- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“After long and exhaustive trials, we have come to the conclusion that the best material for wearing next the skin is knitted linen, and the best knitted linen of the kind, and in fact, the only pure linen mesh material which we have seen, is known as _Kneipp linen_, and can be obtained from all leading retailers and outfitters in this and other countries.”
“a cotton and linen cloth, and _diaper linen_ was woven of flax with a raised figure such as in damask, and used chiefly for table-linen.”
“His taste in linen is classical; she was not fortunate.”
“Note: All references to "linen" is not our linen derived from flax, but a similar appearing and feeling fabric extracted from a particular kelp on Skene.”
“And on Saturdays, young men in linen trousers lined up to drink papa's bourbon, and get close to Blanche; flowers in her hair, eyes unfocused, why yes I'd like another drink you silly goose.”
“The value of the linen is determined by the coat, by saying that we can exchange the coat for it and will be exchanging equal values.”
“Whether 20 yards of linen = 1 coat or = 20 coats or = x coats – that is, whether a given quantity of linen is worth few or many coats, every statement implies that the linen and coats, as magnitudes of value, are expressions of the same unit, things of the same kind.”
“The value of the linen is represented as relative value, or appears in relative form.”
“The value of the commodity linen is expressed by the bodily form of the commodity coat, and the value of one by the use-value of the other.”
“As a use-value, the linen is something palpably different from the coat; as value, it is the same as the coat, and now has the appearance of a coat.”
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