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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ornamental work made by drawing out threads from fine cloth, and uniting the cross threads, to form a pattern.
  • n. ornamental needlework done by drawing threads to form lacelike patterns.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of ornamental work done in textile fabrics by cutting out, pulling out, or drawing to one side some of the threads of the fabric while leaving others, or by drawing all into a new form, producing a sort of diaper-pattern.
  • n. This work was the original form of lace, the addition to it of needlework producing the simplest varieties of lace. The early name for this was cut-work. Modern drawn-work is generally left in simple patterns without the addition of needlework.

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

  • n. ornamental needlework done by drawing threads to form lacelike patterns

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