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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a car/textile/shoe etc factory
▪ There is a large car factory where many of the local people work.
the coal/car/textile etc industry
▪ The town was very dependant on the car industry.
▪ Generally, all woollen textiles are of felt or employ plain weave.
▪ But our main story lies with the woollen textiles.
▪ For towns of medium size a big stake in the woollen textile industry was the surest foundation of prosperity.
▪ Yorkshire kept to woollen textiles with a major market in Leeds.
▪ In the first half 170 textile companies recorded problems compared with 112 in the whole of 1988.
▪ Right: the Op Art movement heavily influenced textile design.
▪ Crafts on display include ceramics, fly-tying, jewellery making, textile design, etc.
▪ Leaving school, he had studied textile design and that last summer of all he was already a first-year student.
▪ Kier wanted to be a go-go dancer, then a psychologist, then a textile designer.
▪ It aims to provide an informed foundation for the future professional development of fashion and textile designers.
▪ As the textile factories closed, what were we meant to do?
▪ At the age of seven Mayall began work in a series of textile factories.
▪ The institution occupies three floors of a former textile factory which is lit by windows on both sides.
▪ Nylon made a great impact on the textile industry when it was first discovered.
▪ In fact, the textile industry more than any other made possible relatively large-scale production in a still traditional artisan world.
▪ It is most important to our textile industry that we reach a satisfactory conclusion.
▪ The valleys began to fill rapidly with people who became skilled in the textile industry.
▪ The war had stimulated the chemical industry and the related synthetic textile industries.
▪ In both metallurgical and textile industries almost half the factory workers were employed in plants of over 1,000 workers.
▪ Now the smaller, modern textile industry is just one among many new industries in these same towns.
▪ Many engineers in Leeds and the textile towns have used these advantages to make textile machinery, much of which is exported.
▪ In 1811 the Luddites rioted and destroyed the textile machinery which they saw as a direct threat to their jobs.
▪ Contests over perquisites were not confined to textile manufacture.
▪ Hand-loom weavers in the various textile manufactures were the most ubiquitous of manufacturing workers.
▪ In textile manufacture women were first and foremost the spinners.
▪ In 1759 Joseph Massie estimated that 228,000 families were supported by metal, wood and textile manufactures.
▪ What over the years have been the main disadvantages for textile manufacturers?
▪ A textile mill developed natural fibres for special bedding to promote Kim's longevity.
▪ It's a growing town - because of the textile mills -but not growing in virtue, that I can tell you.
▪ She survived by working in a textile mill and receiving supplementary welfare.
▪ We're stuck for some ideas about the workings of a textile mill in the story.
▪ From the 1760s to the 1830s, steam engines, textile mills, and the Enlightenment produced the Industrial Revolution.
▪ There, 50 or so textile mills produce what is widely acknowledged to be the finest wool cloth in the world.
▪ Here we illustrated numerous dramatic conversions of warehouses and textile mills whose open-plan layouts made them adaptable for virtually any purpose.
▪ From that moment the lock-out, or standstill, in the textile trade began.
▪ Those features are all welcome to the textile trade.
▪ Many of the Champagne houses established at this time were born as a direct result of the Reims textile trade.
▪ The historic Longfords mill is described by historians as an important relic of the textile trade.
▪ Employing hundreds of people, it was at the centre of the textile trade in the Stroud valleys.
▪ The unrest began on May 5 as textile workers went on strike in support of a pay demand.
▪ Frustrated by his own failures, the on-again, off-again textile worker regularly beats her.
▪ Commercial people lagged behind, but they were ahead of the textile workers, the first working-class group to show strong limitation.
▪ The opposition coalition criticized the tax-free zones as exploiting women textile workers and as creating dependence on foreign countries.
▪ In 1911 the fertility census recorded that textile workers actually married later.
▪ Edinburgh had practically no textile workers, men or women; but as we have seen it had a great many domestic servants.
▪ Her nan had lost her hearing working in the textile m ills.
▪ They worked fourteen-hour days in textile sweatshops.
▪ She survived by working in a textile mill and receiving supplementary welfare.
▪ But tutors were so impressed with the two girls' work in textiles that they made them unconditional offers.
▪ Expansion plans and improved profits at textile group Albion helped it to a 24p rise to 75p.
▪ Furniture, textiles and floor coverings date from the late 1960s or earlier.
▪ Had Guy Sterne chosen furnishings and textiles for this villa himself?
▪ She was naked, and inanimate textiles lapped her skin.
▪ The move to the country outside had begun, and so had Aarau's export trade, at that time mostly textiles.
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.

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


adj. of or relating to fabrics or fabric making; "textile research"


n. artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers; "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitraqnsparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress" [syn: fabric, cloth, material]


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 (disambiguation)

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)

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.