from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The soft down of a swan.
- noun A soft woolen or wool and silk fabric.
- noun Flannelette.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The down or under-plumage of a swan. It is made into a delicate trimming for garments, but it is principally used for powder-puffs. Also
- noun A fine, soft, thick woolen cloth.
- noun A thick cotton cloth with a soft pile or nap on one side: more commonly called
Cantonor cotton flannel.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The down, or fine, soft feathers, of the swan, used on various articles of dress.
- noun A fine, soft, thick cloth of wool mixed with silk or cotton; a sort of twilled fustian, like moleskin.
- noun See Cotton flannel, under
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun Alternative spelling of
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun down of the swan
- noun soft woolen fabric used especially for baby clothes
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Sara, you must have a white dress; something with long, soft folds, and -- yes -- and trimmed with swan's-down.
Dora Talbot, coming into the corridor in a pale pink cashmere dressing-gown trimmed with swan's-down, in which she looks the very personification of innocence and youth, screams loudly, and demands hysterically to be informed as to the cause of the unusual noise.
For some time the children stood in silence, watching the snow-flakes as they whirled and danced and floated like so many feathers, only to fall and pile up and cover the brown earth and the bare branches as with a lovely mantle of swan's-down.
"Do try it on, Sara; I'm a little afraid about this skirt; it looks short in front, and you know she has had to go almost entirely by measure, so far; here, let me pin the rest of this swan's-down in place, while you take off your dress."
The Indians have such a fancy for feathers, that, in some of their medicine ceremonies, they smear their heads with a sticky substance, and cover them all over with swan's-down.
They resumed their duties; the Indian "swish-swished" ahead, as if wading through a sea of swan's-down; the dogs followed listlessly; the partners leaned against the stubborn load.
You will observe that he had half a yard of the finest cambric, as soft as a zephyr, and as warm as swan's-down, tied once round; and ending before in long deep borders of the most precious
The most delicate ruffles filled the front of his swan's-down vest and fell over his hands, which were remarkably white and small and taper-fingered, like a fine lady's.
"I shall wear my red satin cloak trimmed with swan's-down," said she.
And never mind about the swan's-down; for I have some on a dress,