Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A machine in which paper or cloth is made smooth and glossy by being pressed through rollers.
  • transitive verb To press (paper or cloth) in the rollers of such a machine.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One of an order of dervishes founded in the fourteenth century by an Andalusian Arab named Yusuf, who was expelled from the order of Bektashis on account of his extreme arrogance.
  • noun A lark. See calandra, 1.
  • noun A weevil.
  • noun An obsolete corrupt form of coliander for coriander.
  • To press in a calender, as cloth or paper.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One of a sect or order of fantastically dressed or painted dervishes.
  • noun A machine, used for the purpose of giving cloth, paper, etc., a smooth, even, and glossy or glazed surface, by cold or hot pressure, or for watering them and giving them a wavy appearance. It consists of two or more cylinders revolving nearly in contact, with the necessary apparatus for moving and regulating.
  • noun One who pursues the business of calendering.
  • intransitive verb To press between rollers for the purpose of making smooth and glossy, or wavy, as woolen and silk stuffs, linens, paper, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun One of a wandering, mendicant Sufic order of fantastically dressed or painted dervishes, founded in the 13th century by an Arab named Yusuf.
  • noun Common misspelling of calendar.
  • noun A machine, used for the purpose of giving cloth, paper etc., a smooth, even, and glossy or glazed surface, by cold or hot pressure, or for watering them and giving them a wavy appearance; it consists of two or more cylinders revolving nearly in contact, with the necessary apparatus for moving and regulating.
  • noun One who pursues the business of calendering.
  • verb To press between rollers for the purpose of making smooth and glossy, or wavy, as woolen and silk stuffs, linens, paper etc., as in the homonymous machine.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb press between rollers or plates so as to smooth, glaze, or thin into sheets
  • noun a machine that smooths or glazes paper or cloth by pressing it between plates or passing it through rollers

Etymologies

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

[French calandre, from Vulgar Latin *colendra, alteration (possibly influenced by Latin columna, column) of Latin cylindrus, roller; see cylinder.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Persian قلندر (ghalandar, "wandering dervish"), from Arabic قلندار (qalandār, "wandering dervish"), itself from Persian کلندر (kalandar, "uncouth man"), from کلند (kaland, "rough, unshaven").

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  • OK, I *know* reesetee doesn't misspell things. What does this mean?

    February 21, 2007

  • Smooth-surfaced paper made by squeezing the pulp between a series of two large rolls (calenders).

    I was just typing it up when you posted. ;-)

    February 21, 2007

  • Persian qalandar, from Arabic, from middle Persian kalandar - uncouth man. one of a Sufic order of wandering mendicant dervishes. Is its meaning derived from the pressure felt from mendicants - "putting the squeeze on"

    August 30, 2009