American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The soft down of a swan.
- n. A soft woolen fabric used especially for baby clothes.
- n. Flannelette.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The down or under-plumage of a swan. It is made into a delicate trimming for garments, but it is principally used for powder-puffs. Also swan-down.
- n. A fine, soft, thick woolen cloth.
- n. A thick cotton cloth with a soft pile or nap on one side: more commonly called Canton or cotton flannel.
- n. alternative spelling of swansdown.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The down, or fine, soft feathers, of the swan, used on various articles of dress.
- n. A fine, soft, thick cloth of wool mixed with silk or cotton; a sort of twilled fustian, like moleskin.
- n. down of the swan
- n. soft woolen fabric used especially for baby clothes
“The most delicate ruffles filled the front of his swan's-down vest and fell over his hands, which were remarkably white and small and taper-fingered, like a fine lady's.”
“You will observe that he had half a yard of the finest cambric, as soft as a zephyr, and as warm as swan's-down, tied once round; and ending before in long deep borders of the most precious”
“I shall wear my red satin cloak trimmed with swan's-down," said she.”
“They resumed their duties; the Indian "swish-swished" ahead, as if wading through a sea of swan's-down; the dogs followed listlessly; the partners leaned against the stubborn load.”
“For some time the children stood in silence, watching the snow-flakes as they whirled and danced and floated like so many feathers, only to fall and pile up and cover the brown earth and the bare branches as with a lovely mantle of swan's-down.”
“The Indians have such a fancy for feathers, that, in some of their medicine ceremonies, they smear their heads with a sticky substance, and cover them all over with swan's-down.”
“And never mind about the swan's-down; for I have some on a dress,”
“Do try it on, Sara; I'm a little afraid about this skirt; it looks short in front, and you know she has had to go almost entirely by measure, so far; here, let me pin the rest of this swan's-down in place, while you take off your dress.”
“Sara, you must have a white dress; something with long, soft folds, and -- yes -- and trimmed with swan's-down.”
“Dora Talbot, coming into the corridor in a pale pink cashmere dressing-gown trimmed with swan's-down, in which she looks the very personification of innocence and youth, screams loudly, and demands hysterically to be informed as to the cause of the unusual noise.”
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