Definitions

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

  • n. Needlework decoration of small, regularly spaced gathers stitched into a honeycomb pattern.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An embroidery technique in which the fabric is gathered and then embroidered with decorative stitches to hold the gathers in place.
  • v. Present participle of smock.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An ornamental shirring, recently used, intended to imitate that on the smock-frocks of field-laborers. The lines, instead of being horizontal, form a honeycomb, the material being puckered diagonally.

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

  • n. embroidery consisting of ornamental needlework on a garment that is made by gathering the cloth tightly in stitches

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Examples

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  • I was allowed to attend the ceremony, to which I wore a beautiful pair of bottle-green velvet short trousers which Mum sewed for me, a pair of fire-engine red patent leather buckled shoes, white socks, and a little white shirt with smocking and a frilly round collar, extremely smart.

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  • I am not able to iron the upper part of the sleeve on this one, so I just leave it wrinkled and it looks like smocking.

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  • Throughout her lifetime, her gifts of sewing, smocking, embroidery, and clothing to family and friends help tie them to her, and to one another.

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  • I found a pretty Laura Ashley jumper with smocking today at Goodwill!

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  • Sometimes a little elastic smocking or an obilike sash can camouflage a tummy.

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  • But smocking them or adding some embroidered touches would make them new again ... and since I did it myself, I would make them even more my own.

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  • But this" "He dropped his hands then, with a gesture of despair that took in the protruding belly, swelling accusingly under the light smocking.

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  • The delicate smocking over the midriff extending in a funnel shape down into a gored skirt flaring nearly to the floor.

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