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Noil \Noil\, n. [Prob. fr. Prov. E. oil, ile, ail, a beard of grain (OE. eil, AS. egl) combined with the indef. article, an oil becoming a noil.] A short or waste piece or knot of wool separated from the longer staple by combing; also, a similar piece or shred of waste silk.


n. A short fibre left over from combing wool or spinning silk during the preparation of textile yarns. Sometimes it is referred to as 'Raw Silk', although this is somewhat of a misnomer.


Noil is the short fiber left over from combing wool or spinning silk and used as a decorative additive for many spinning projects, like rovings and yarns. Silk noil is also called "raw silk", although that is a misnomer. As noil is a relatively short fiber, fabric made from noil is weaker and considered less valuable.

The plural noils is also used, and means the same as noil.

Usage examples of "noil".

She rubbed her tender temples and inspected the room again, looking up to the accouplement of umber oak timbers overhead to the soft noil bedclothes, elegant furniture, and scarlet cushioned sofas placed near the hearth.

Machinery -- Long Spinning -- Short Spinning -- Spinning and Finishing Processes -- Utilisation of Waste Products -- Noil Spinning -- Exhaust Noil Spinning.