warp and woof

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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The underlying structure on which something is built; a base or foundation.

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  • noun The threads in a woven fabric, comprised of the warp (threads running lengthwise) and woof (threads running crosswise) to create a the texture of the fabric.
  • noun by extension The fundamental structure of any process or system.

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