from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fabric with diagonal parallel ribs.
- n. The weave used to produce such a fabric.
- transitive v. To weave (cloth) so as to produce a pattern of diagonal parallel ribs.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a pattern created by the way threads are passed over and under each other during weaving
- n. a piece of cloth with this woven pattern
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To weave, as cloth, so as to produce the appearance of diagonal lines or ribs on the surface.
- n. An appearance of diagonal lines or ribs produced in textile fabrics by causing the weft threads to pass over one and under two, or over one and under three or more, warp threads, instead of over one and under the next in regular succession, as in plain weaving.
- n. A fabric woven with a twill.
- n. A quill, or spool, for yarn.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To weave in a particular way (see twill, n.), producing diagonal ribs in the stuff.
- n. A variety of textile fabric in which the weft-threads do not pass over and under the warp-threads in regular succession, as in common plain weaving. but pass over one and under two, over one and under three, or over one and under eight or ten, according to the kind of twill.
- n. The raised line made by twilling.
- n. A reed; a quill; a spool to wind yarn on.
- To quill; trim with quilling or fluting.
- The great fat pincushion lined with pink inside, and twilled like a lady's nightcap.
- A dialectal variant of till.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a weave used to produce the effect of parallel diagonal ribs
- n. a cloth with parallel diagonal lines or ribs
- v. weave diagonal lines into (textiles)
Middle English twile, from Old English twilīc, woven of double thread; see dwo- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English twyll or twylle, from Old English twilic ("two-threaded"), a partial calque of Latin bilix, bilic-, from bis ("twice") + licium ("thread"). (Wiktionary)