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

  • n. A fine, very thin fabric, such as gauze.
  • n. Tissue paper.
  • n. A soft, absorbent piece of paper used as toilet paper, a handkerchief, or a towel.
  • n. An interwoven or interrelated number of things; a web; a network: "The text is a tissue of mocking echoes” ( Richard M. Kain).
  • n. Biology An aggregation of morphologically similar cells and associated intercellular matter acting together to perform one or more specific functions in the body. There are four basic types of tissue: muscle, nerve, epidermal, and connective.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Thin, woven, gauze-like fabric.
  • n. A sheet of absorbent paper, especially one that is made to be used as tissue paper, toilet paper or a handkerchief.
  • n. Absorbent paper as material.
  • n. A group of similar cells that function together to do a specific job
  • v. To form tissue of; to interweave.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A woven fabric.
  • n. A fine transparent silk stuff, used for veils, etc.; specifically, cloth interwoven with gold or silver threads, or embossed with figures.
  • n. One of the elementary materials or fibres, having a uniform structure and a specialized function, of which ordinary animals and plants are composed; a texture.
  • n. Fig.: Web; texture; complicated fabrication; connected series.
  • transitive v. To form tissue of; to interweave.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Figuratively, to weave; construct; elaborate.
  • n. A woven or textile fabric; specifically, in former times, a fine stuff, richly colored or ornamented, and often shot with gold or silver threads, a variety of cloth of gold; now, any light gauzy texture, such as is used for veils, or, more indefinitely, any woven fabric of fine quality: a generic word, the specific sense of which in any use is determinable only by its connection or qualification.
  • n. A ribbon, or a woven ligament of some kind.
  • n. In biology, an aggregate of similar cells and cell-products in a definite fabric; a histological texture of any metazoic animal: as, muscular, nervous, cellular, fibrous, connective, or epithelial tissue; parenchymatous tissue.
  • n. Specifically, in botany, the cellular fabric out of which plant-structures are built up, being composed of united cells that have had a common origin and have obeyed a common law of growth.
  • n. Figuratively, an interwoven or interconnected series or sequence; an intimate conjunction, coördination, or concatenation.
  • n. Same as tissue-paper. See paper.
  • n. In photography, a film or very thin plate of gelatin compounded with a pigment, made on a continuous strip of paper, and used, after bichromate sensitization, for carbon-printing.
  • n. In entomology, the geometrid moth Scotosia dubitata : an English collectors' name.
  • n. In zoology, areolar tissue. See def. 3.
  • n. In zoology, areolar tissue.
  • Made of tissue.
  • To weave with threads of silver or gold, as in the manufacture of tissue.
  • To clothe in or adorn with tissue.

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

  • n. a soft thin (usually translucent) paper
  • v. create a piece of cloth by interlacing strands of fabric, such as wool or cotton
  • n. part of an organism consisting of an aggregate of cells having a similar structure and function


Middle English tissu, a rich kind of cloth, from Old French, from past participle of tistre, to weave, from Latin texere; see teks- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French tissu, past participle of tistre, from Latin texere. (Wiktionary)



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