Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A short fiber combed from long fibers during the preparation of textile yarns.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of the short pieces and knots of wool taken from the long staple in the process of combing.

Etymologies

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)
Perhaps from Middle English *noil, from Old French noel, from Medieval Latin nōdellus, from Latin, diminutive of nodus. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There was a good deal of waste in this combing, that is, large clumps of tangled wool called noil were combed out.

    Home Life in Colonial Days

  • There's a skein of very fine silk noil yarn, and a pattern for a circular shawl with a front opening.

    SAFF swag

  • I think next time I will make it in some stripey seersucker, or maybe even in this silk noil I have lying around ...

    July 2008

  • Banish toe-numbing cabin temperatures with a silk noil blanket from DreamSack, complete with built-in pocket for your feet.

    Tip Sheet

  • 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.

    Archive 2007-06-07

  • By the way, my silk noil outfit was the bee's knees over the weekend.

    retreat from retreat

  • Üliliigutav taust - ning informatiivne, andes teadmised, milline oli Itaalia noil tinasteil aastail.

    tatsutahime Diary Entry

  • Saturday, Shara came over and brought some silk, noil and habotai, which she wanted dyed.

    time off

  • If lots of people want silk jackets, I can buy some noil in bulk online, and just dye lengths of it whatever shade.

    Archive 2004-12-01

  • It is silk noil, made from the outer, coarser threads of the cocoon.

    Chrome Circle

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