from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A trademark used for a fastening tape consisting of a strip of nylon with a surface of minute hooks that fasten to a corresponding strip with a surface of uncut pile. This trademark sometimes occurs in print in lowercase.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A fastener consisting of two strips of fabric, one covered with minute fiber hooks and the other of tiny fiber loops, which when brought together stick strongly one to the other.
- v. To fasten tightly with Velcro.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. fasten with Velcro
- n. nylon fabric used as a fastening
"We took some old pairs of underwear and cut the bottom and side seams and put in Velcro," Jared explained.
Since Velcro is used on all the straps, getting a consistent fit is problematic for me.
"Quite often in mainstream schools, classroom assistants and teachers can do too much for a child – known as the Velcro effect – when in reality it might be better to stand back and observe from a distance and support the child in a different way."
I was reflecting on the envelope window as Nevermann told me the inventions he wished he had thought of, the simple breakthroughs: the snap-on lid of the Tupperware container, the notion of Velcro, the science behind Gore-Tex and Teflon.
But you're right, no one will ever call Velcro anything but Velcro.
Keeping up a lively and informative dialogue, Mr. Grenald points out so-called Velcro plants (after their ability to stick to passers-by) and bullet ants; tracks red-eyed tree frogs; and calls out to the howler monkeys that scramble in the trees overhead.
Bees Hold Onto Flowers: 'Velcro'-Like Structures On Flower Petals Help Bees Stick
George De Mestel got the idea of Velcro when burrs stuck to his sock after he went hiking.
His knowledge of the cockleburs spawned the product known as Velcro, a word derived from velvet and crochet.
Neuroscience has shown that our brains tend to "Velcro" to a negative idea and "Teflon," past the positive.