Definitions

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

  • noun A cloth produced especially by knitting, weaving, or felting fibers.
  • noun The texture or quality of such cloth.
  • noun A complex underlying structure.
  • noun A method or style of construction.
  • noun A structural material, such as masonry or timber.
  • noun A physical structure; a building.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A structure of any kind; anything composed of parts systematically joined or connected.
  • noun A woven or felted cloth of any material or style of weaving; anything produced by weaving or interlacing: distinctively called textile fabric.
  • noun Any system of connected or interrelated parts: as, the universal fabric; the social fabric.
  • noun The structure of anything; the manner in which the parts of a thing are united; workmanship; texture; tissue.
  • noun The act of building.
  • noun 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.)
  • To build; construct; put into form.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English fabryke, something constructed, from Old French fabrique, from Latin fabrica, craft, workshop, from faber, fabr-, workman, artificer.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French fabrique, from Latin fabrica ("a workshop, art, trade, product of art, structure, fabric"), from faber ("artisan, workman").

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.