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

  • n. A cloth produced especially by knitting, weaving, or felting fibers.
  • n. The texture or quality of such cloth.
  • n. A complex underlying structure: destroyed the very fabric of the ancient abbey during wartime bombing; needs to protect the fabric of civilized society.
  • n. A method or style of construction.
  • n. A structural material, such as masonry or timber.
  • n. A physical structure; a building.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. (construction) structure, building
  • n. An act of construction, especially the erection of a church
  • n. The framework underlying a structure
  • n. A material made of fibers, a textile or cloth.
  • n. The texture of a cloth.
  • n. The appearance of crystalline grains in a rock
  • n. Interconnected nodes that look like a textile 'fabric' when viewed collectively from a distance

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The structure of anything; the manner in which the parts of a thing are united; workmanship; texture; make.
  • n. That which is fabricated.
  • n. Framework; structure; edifice; building.
  • n. Cloth of any kind that is woven or knit from fibers, whether vegetable, animal, or synthetic; manufactured cloth.
  • n. The act of constructing; construction.
  • n. Any system or structure consisting of connected parts.
  • transitive v. To frame; to build; to construct.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To build; construct; put into form.
  • n. A structure of any kind; anything composed of parts systematically joined or connected.
  • n. A woven or felted cloth of any material or style of weaving; anything produced by weaving or interlacing: distinctively called textile fabric.
  • n. Any system of connected or interrelated parts: as, the universal fabric; the social fabric.
  • n. The structure of anything; the manner in which the parts of a thing are united; workmanship; texture; tissue.
  • n. The act of building.
  • n. In petrography, the pattern of a rock produced by the shape and arrangement of the crystalline or non-crystalline parts: distinguished from the granularity or size of the parte, and the crystallinity or degree of crystallization. (See quantitative classification of igneous rocks, under rock.)

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

  • n. artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers
  • n. the underlying structure


Middle English fabryke, something constructed, from Old French fabrique, from Latin fabrica, craft, workshop, from faber, fabr-, workman, artificer.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French fabrique, from Latin fabrica ("a workshop, art, trade, product of art, structure, fabric"), from faber ("artisan, workman"). (Wiktionary)



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