Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The package in which wool was in former times done up for transportation and sale; specifically, a bundle or bale weighing 240 pounds.
- n. In heraldry, a bearing representing a sort of cushion usually having four tufts at the corners.
- n. Cirrocumulus cloud; a cloud made up of rolled masses, with a fleecy appearance.
- n. A concretionary mass of crystalline limestone in the beds of earthy and impure calcareous rock of which the Wenlock limestone is made up. These concretionary masses vary in size from a few inches up to 80 feet in diameter. Also called ballstone
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A pack or bag of wool weighing two hundred and forty pounds.
- wool + pack (Wiktionary)
“It is as if the final wrought iron bang is the signal for the seams of the woolpack above us to be ripped open, and ablution to fall.”
“Church of S. Caterina, and carved their arms, a woolpack fastened with ropes, over the door.”
“These are the 'woolpack clouds,' which, in summer time, throw deep shadows on the grass.”
“John Fortey, who rebuilt the nave before he died in 1458; his brass shows him with one foot on a sheep and the other on a woolpack, and the brasses of Thomas Fortey, 'woolman', and of another unknown merchant, with a woolpack, lie near by.”
“Finest of all, perhaps, are the brasses of the wool staplers, with feet resting on woolpack or sheep; but there are many other merchants too.”
“They both have their feet on woolpacks, and on the son's woolpack is his merchant's mark.”
“But all these excitations would, I confess, have spent their artillery in vain against the woolpack of my imagination; and after well considering the scene, I could not help looking at my companion with surprise: to me, the triumph of true genius seemed never more conspicuous, than in the construction of so interesting a poem out of such common-place materials.”
“By these means, the storm rising in Mrs. Atkinson before was in some measure laid, at least suspended from bursting at present; but it fell afterwards upon the poor serjeant's head in a torrent, who had learned perhaps one maxim from his trade, that a cannon-ball always doth mischief in proportion to the resistance it meets with, and that nothing so effectually deadens its force as a woolpack.”
“a castle-wall or a rampart, but none at all upon a woolpack.”
“He!" said Father Philemy, "he has no more voice than a woolpack; but Con's a cunning fellow.”
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