from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A heavy woolen cloth, such as is used by pilots for pea-jackets.


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  • Indeed, many are the Nantucket ships in which you will see the skipper parading his quarter-deck with an elated grandeur not surpassed in any military navy; nay, extorting almost as much outward homage as if he wore the imperial purple, and not the shabbiest of pilot-cloth.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • However, in his blue pilot-cloth suit, cut severely plain, and with his hard black hat on his head he made a veritable picture of what a master-mariner should be.

    Cap'n Abe, Storekeeper

  • All this time I had on the following garments, made of very stout pilot-cloth: a pair of trousers, a double-breasted waistcoat, a surtout coat, and a heavy great coat, which came down to my ancles, a thick shawl round my neck, and a new pair of Wellington boots on my feet.

    The Hero of the Humber or the History of the Late Mr. John Ellerthorpe

  • It wore a blue jacket with slashed sleeves and braided edging and a greatcoat of pilot-cloth.

    A Book of Discovery The History of the World's Exploration, From the Earliest Times to the Finding of the South Pole

  • They came in sea-boots, pilot-cloth trousers, and knitted jerseys; and they were for a while objects of derision.

    The Making Of A Novelist An Experiment In Autobiography

  • His ruddy face was freshly shaven, his scant, silvery hair well smoothed; everything was neat and trig about him, including his glazed, narrow-brimmed hat, his blue pilot-cloth coat, pleated shirt front as white as snow, heavy silver watch chain festooned upon his waist-coat, and blue-yarn socks showing between the bottom of his full, gray trouser legs and his well-blacked low shoes.

    Sheila of Big Wreck Cove A Story of Cape Cod

  • Once, the good man stumbled, and floundered down upon his face, so that, gathering himself up again, with the snow sticking to his rough pilot-cloth sack, he looked as white and wintry as a snow-image of the largest size.

    The Snow-Image: A Childish Miracle

  • Violet and Peony appeared, wrapped in a pilot-cloth sack, with a fur cap drawn down over his ears, and the thickest of gloves upon his hands.

    The Snow-Image: A Childish Miracle

  • Captain Hazzard's cabin, and they selected a suit of overalls each from a higgledy-piggledy collection of oil-skins, rough pilot-cloth suits and all manner of headgear hanging on one of the cabin bulkheads.

    The Boy Aviators' Polar Dash or Facing Death in the Antarctic

  • I hitched the bridle over the gatepost, and lighted my pipe, and strolled to and fro with my hands deep in the pockets of my grandfather's best blue pilot-cloth jacket, for there was a chill in the air as though the night must die outright before the new day came.

    Carette of Sark


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