from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bind (cloth).
  • n. A slit; specifically, a short slit or opening left in an article of dress, as in the sleeve of a shirt, at the top of the skirt in a dress, etc., as a means of putting it on; a placket or placket-hole.
  • n. A crack; a flaw.
  • n. A remnant, as of cotton; an odd piece; specifically, imperfectly printed or imperfectly dyed ends of cotton and other cloths, which are sold for patchwork and similar purposes.
  • n. The binding of any part of the dress.


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