Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
A textile or cloth is a flexible material consisting of a network of natural or artificial fibres ( yarn or thread). Yarn is produced by spinning raw fibres of wool, flax, cotton, or other material to produce long strands. Textiles are formed by weaving, knitting, crocheting, knotting, or felting.
The words fabric and cloth are used in textile assembly trades (such as tailoring and dressmaking) as synonyms for textile. However, there are subtle differences in these terms in specialized usage. Textile refers to any material made of interlacing fibres. Fabric refers to any material made through weaving, knitting, spreading, crocheting, or bonding that may be used in production of further goods (garments, etc.). Cloth may be used synonymously with fabric but often refers to a finished piece of fabric used for a specific purpose (e.g., table cloth).
Textile (markup language)
Textile is a lightweight markup language that uses a text formatting syntax to convert plain text into structured HTML markup. Textile is used for writing articles, forum posts, readme documentation, and any other type of written content published online.
Textile may refer to:
- Textile, any type of material made from fibers or other extended linear materials such as thread or yarn
- Textile industry, also known as the "rag trade"
- Textile (markup language)
- A slang term used by nudists to refer to non-nudists
- The Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science (now Philadelphia University)
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Textile \Tex"tile\, a. [L. textilis, fr. texere to weave: cf. F. textile. See Text.] Pertaining to weaving or to woven fabrics; as, textile arts; woven, capable of being woven; formed by weaving; as, textile fabrics.
Textile cone (Zo["o]l.), a beautiful cone shell ( Conus textilis) in which the colors are arranged so that they resemble certain kinds of cloth.
Textile \Tex"tile\, n.
That which is, or may be, woven; a fabric made by weaving.
adj. of or relating to fabrics or fabric making; "textile research"
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1620s, from Latin textilis "a web, canvas, woven fabric, cloth, something woven," noun use of textilis "woven, wrought," from texere "to weave," from PIE root *teks- "to make" (see texture (n.)). As an adjective from 1650s.
a. (context naturism English) clothing compulsive. n. 1 (context usually plural English) cloth produced from a fabric. 2 (context naturism English) a non-nudist
Usage examples of "textile".
English weaver and writer in Lancashire dialect, was born near Manchester, the son of humble parents, and started life in a textile factory, educating himself in his spare time.
She thinks that textiles were invented very early on: she has, she says, identified impressions of netting on fragments of clay from Upper Palaeolithic sites in Moravia and Russia that suggest the possibility of net hunting.
It need hardly be said that while French wine and silk prospered under this arrangement, other textiles and ironwares suffered an onslaught of cheap competition from the much more advanced British manufactures.
Entirely new ways of combining textiles and dyes, ideas as eye-opening as pointillism or cubism or scintillism were in their day.
Textile manufacture began to decline after 1880, but luckily for an ageing Silas Twing and his ever-inventive son, Gordon, Silas had been doing some thinking.
The sun was low in the viridian sky and the heat rose in waves, but the Textile Market was still thronged.
In fact, I wanted to ask what you thought of the beaded moccasins and the textile samples I brought back from my trip to the Wapiti Ridge reservation.
He sighed, still regretting the textile, and reached for his wine glass, taking a tiny cautious sip.
Mercers, seamers, and other merchants have not been able to sell their wares, for they have been forbidden to make or purchase such textiles as are deemed vain by Savonarola.
Through all the defeats, the beatings, the murders, however, it was the beginning of textile mill unionism in the South.
One of the biggest recent failures in the textile business came in 2003, when the Pillowtex Corp.
Lowell textile mills, of the Spanish-American war as seen by the Cubans, the conquest of the Philippines as seen by black soldiers on Luzon, the Gilded Age as seen by southern farmers, the First World War as seen by socialists, the Second World War as seen by pacifists, the New Deal as seen by blacks in Harlem, the postwar American empire as seen by peons in Latin America.
You may not have run ammunition, but how many neutral ships were loaded off how many piers in India with textile cargoes bound for Bremerhaven and Cuxhaven during the same period.
They developed the processes of producing cellulose from wood pulp to take the place of cotton for making guncotton, and certain forms of wood fiber and paper were used in the textile trades.
Purgatory Station or in the outlying hydroponic farms, new textiles, new entertainments.