Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See lustering.
- n. A species or glossy silk fabric: a term more used in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries than now, and denoting generally plain solid silk, neither figured nor corded, nor having a satin surface.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A kind of glossy silk fabric. See lutestring.
- French lustrine, Italian lustrino, from lustrare to polish, Latin lustrare. See luster and compare lutestring. (Wiktionary)
“A suitable material was found in "lustring," a glossy silk cloth varnished with a solution of caoutchouc, and this being formed into a balloon only thirteen feet in diameter and fitted without other aperture than a stopcock, was after several attempts filled with hydrogen gas prepared in the usual way by the action of dilute sulphuric acid on scrap iron.”
“Then we went to a mercer's at the end of Lombard Street, and there she bought a suit of Lutestring -- [More properly called "lustring"; a fine glossy silk.] -- for herself, and so home.”
“Then we went to a mercer's at the end of Lombard Street, and there she bought a suit of Lutestring ” [More properly called "lustring"; a fine glossy silk.] ” for herself, and so home.”
“But here too she was not the innocent girl that 15 suggests: she was already engaged to debut as Cordelia at Drury Lane, and understood the codes of texture and color, lustring proving to be a favorite dress fabric.”
“This attention to dress — the fine glossy silk of lustring fabric creating a delicate verdure that, in combination with dainty lilacs and a petticoat of lustrous tiffany all creating a "natural" lady, herself a pink bloom heightened through coloring — is signal because the ability of women's costuming to similarly aid in projecting identity and manage their own social plots was one Robinson, like”
“Prevented by illness she married instead, and when Thomas insisted on a secretive wedding ceremony at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, she dressed as a Quaker (of dull brown, but of lustring nonetheless).”
“So spring-like at past fifty, with herpalepink lustring, and back head Yet so peevish at girls!”
“I got safe to my lodgings with this cargo, which was a piece of fine black lustring silk, and a piece of velvet; the latter was but part of a piece of about eleven yards; the former was a whole piece of near fifty yards.”
“But you must also get ready four sieves of fine lustring;”
“The willow, almond and the whole lot of trees, on the upper side, were, it is true, without blossom and leaves; but pongee and damask silks, paper and lustring had been employed, together with rice-paper, to make flowers of, which had been affixed on the branches.”
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These words are from Samuel Richardson's novel Clarissa, Or, The History of a Young Lady, 1747-48
Woven, knit and tatted fabrics. Other kinds of cloth, such as tapa and chamois are not included.
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