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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
tuft
noun
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▪ Caroline is in her late forties; she resembles a five-foot potato with black tufts of Raggedy Ann yarn for hair.
▪ He used small gouges to carve little tufts of fur with long, controlled strokes, following the marked lines.
▪ Jim leaned on one elbow and tore off tufts of grass and threw them at my face.
▪ Like the rituals of harvest and planting in pastoral societies, the desert broom tufts are a sign.
▪ She had tufts of hair in her armpits like clumps of grass.
▪ The ear tufts of a few species do not represent true ears.
▪ The plant forms a dense, tall tuft, capable of withstanding plenty of disturbance in the tank.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Tuft

Tuft \Tuft\, v. i. To grow in, or form, a tuft or tufts.

Tuft

Tuft \Tuft\, n. [Prov. E. tuff, F. touffe; of German origin; cf. G. zopf a weft of hair, pigtail, top of a tree. See Top summit.]

  1. A collection of small, flexible, or soft things in a knot or bunch; a waving or bending and spreading cluster; as, a tuft of flowers or feathers.

  2. A cluster; a clump; as, a tuft of plants.

    Under a tuft of shade.
    --Milton.

    Green lake, and cedar fuft, and spicy glade.
    --Keble.

  3. A nobleman, or person of quality, especially in the English universities; -- so called from the tuft, or gold tassel, on the cap worn by them. [Cant, Eng.]

    Several young tufts, and others of the faster men.
    --T. Hughes.

Tuft

Tuft \Tuft\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tufted; p. pr. & vb. n. Tufting.]

  1. To separate into tufts.

  2. To adorn with tufts or with a tuft.
    --Thomson.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
tuft

"bunch of soft and flexible things fixed at the base with the upper ends loose," late 14c., of uncertain origin, perhaps from Old French touffe "tuft of hair" (14c.), which is either from Late Latin tufa "a kind of crest on a helmet" (also found in Late Greek toupha), or from a Germanic source (compare Old High German zopf, Old Norse toppr "tuft, summit;" see top (n.1)). As a verb from 1530s. Related: Tufted.

Wiktionary
tuft

n. 1 A bunch of feathers, grass or hair, etc., held together at the base. 2 A cluster of threads drawn tightly through upholstery, a mattress or a quilt, etc., to secure and strengthen the padding. 3 A small clump of trees or bushes. 4 (context historical English) A gold tassel on the cap worn by titled undergraduates at English universities. 5 (context historical English) A person entitled to wear such a tassel. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To provide or decorate with a tuft or tufts. 2 (context transitive English) To form into tufts. 3 (context transitive English) To secure and strengthen (a mattress, quilt, etc.) with tufts. 4 (context intransitive English) To be formed into tufts.

WordNet
tuft
  1. n. a bunch of hair or feathers or growing grass [syn: tussock]

  2. a bunch of feathers or hair

Wikipedia
Tuft (aeronautics)

In aviation, tufts are strips of yarn or string, typically around , attached to an aircraft surface in a grid pattern and imaged during flight. The motion of the tufts during flight can be observed and recorded, to locate flow features such as boundary layer separation and reattachment. Tufting is, therefore, a technique for flow visualization. They are used in aeronautics flight testing to study air flow direction, strength, and boundary layer properties.

The world's largest bed of tufts (18.6 m by 18.6 m, 61 feet by 61 feet) was created at NASA Ames Research Center to study air flow fields involving a helicopter's rotor disk.

Tuft (disambiguation)

Tuft or tufts or tufted can refer to:

Tuft (surname)

Tuft is a surname, and may refer to:

  • Svein Tuft, bicycle racer
  • Gabe Tuft, American professional wrestler
  • Arne Tuft (1911-1989), Norwegian cross country skier

Usage examples of "tuft".

Granny Aching had been wrapped in a woollen blanket, with a tuft of raw wool pinned to it.

Through the gnarled limbs Aganippe saw two great rounded folds of earth, with a dark cleft between them, topped by a tuft of trees and brush.

How could Alfin be consistently morose in Quinn Tuft, and happy while lost in the sky?

On each cane shaft, tied behind the iron arrowhead, was a tuft of unravelled hemp rope that had been soaked in pitch, which spluttered and then burned fiercely when touched with the slow-match, The archers loosed their arrows, which sailed up in a high, flaming parabola and dropped down to peg into the timbers of an anchored vessel.

There was so much of her, such incredibly long legs, such an extreme flow of line and volume, Beheim became entranced by the exaggerated perspectives available, gazing up at the equatorial swell of her belly toward the flattened mounds of her breasts with their dark oases of areola and turreted nipples, or down from her breasts toward the unruly pubic tuft between her thighs, in all reminding him by its smoothness of the sand sculpture of a sleeping giantess he had seen years before on a beach in Spain.

The aspergillum he handed her was a tuft of evergreen bound to a handle of myrtlewood, stuck in a small silver bucket of holy water.

I found an assegai, cleaned it in the ground which it needed, and opening one of the tins, lay down in a tuft of grass by a dead man, or rather between him and some Zulus whom he had killed, and devoured its contents.

Big Bob hammered and beat and bashed, swearing huge and terrible oaths, pulling out tufts of synthetic hair and bruising synthetic skin.

Captain Bazan Deralta had an old, lined face with tufted eyebrows and a pinched nose set above a firm mouth and prominent jaw.

Rather pulled at her arm to set her kicking toward the in tuft, and followed, with Booce following him.

The glare-white pinpoint had been masked by the in tuft when Booce went to sleep.

Goldfinger and his caddie drifted away still wider to where the rough thinned out into isolated tufts.

They are fleshy shrubs, with rounded, woody stems, and numerous succulent branches, composed in most of the species of separate joints or parts, which are much compressed, often elliptic or suborbicular, dotted over in spiral lines with small, fleshy, caducous leaves, in the axils of which are placed the areoles or tufts of barbed or hooked spines of two forms.

Finally Chi slapped me on the shoulder, with his eyes smiling wide and cheerfully under that charming thick black tuft of hair.

Its unkempt fur stuck out in brown clumps on its sunken sides and hung in tufts from its lean haunches.