American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A short fiber combed from long fibers during the preparation of textile yarns.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the short pieces and knots of wool taken from the long staple in the process of combing. These are used for felting purposes, or are made into inferior yarns, which are put into cloth to increase its thickness. The name is also given to waste silk.
- n. A short fibre left over from combing wool or spinning silk during the preparation of textile yarns. Sometimes it is referred to as 'Raw Silk', although this is somewhat of a misnomer.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A short or waste piece or knot of wool separated from the longer staple by combing; also, a similar piece or shred of waste silk.
- Perhaps from Middle English *noil, from Old French noel, from Medieval Latin nōdellus, from Latin, diminutive of nodus. (Wiktionary)
- Perhaps from Middle English *noil, from Old French noel, from Medieval Latin nōdellus, from Latin, diminutive of nōdus, knot; see node. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“There was a good deal of waste in this combing, that is, large clumps of tangled wool called noil were combed out.”
“There's a skein of very fine silk noil yarn, and a pattern for a circular shawl with a front opening.”
“I think next time I will make it in some stripey seersucker, or maybe even in this silk noil I have lying around ...”
“Banish toe-numbing cabin temperatures with a silk noil blanket from DreamSack, complete with built-in pocket for your feet.”
“I have been trying to work up to sewing some clothing for quite awhile since I still have 45 yards of silk noil waiting and much of my current wardrobe is strangely shrinking.”
“By the way, my silk noil outfit was the bee's knees over the weekend.”
“Üliliigutav taust - ning informatiivne, andes teadmised, milline oli Itaalia noil tinasteil aastail.”
“Saturday, Shara came over and brought some silk, noil and habotai, which she wanted dyed.”
“If lots of people want silk jackets, I can buy some noil in bulk online, and just dye lengths of it whatever shade.”
“It is silk noil, made from the outer, coarser threads of the cocoon.”
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