Cloth
Cloth Cloth (kl[o^]th; 115), n.; pl. {Cloths} (kl[o^][th]z; 115), except in the sense of garments, when it is {Clothes} (kl[=o]thz or kl[=o]z). [OE. clath cloth, AS. cl[=a][thorn] cloth, garment; akin to D. kleed, Icel. kl[ae][eth]i, Dan. kl[ae]de, cloth, Sw. kl["a]de, G. kleid garment, dress.] 1. A fabric made of fibrous material (or sometimes of wire, as in wire cloth); commonly, a woven fabric of cotton, woolen, or linen, adapted to be made into garments; specifically, woolen fabrics, as distinguished from all others. [1913 Webster]

2. The dress; raiment. [Obs.] See {Clothes}. [1913 Webster]

I'll ne'er distust my God for cloth and bread. --Quarles. [1913 Webster]

3. The distinctive dress of any profession, especially of the clergy; hence, the clerical profession. [1913 Webster]

Appeals were made to the priesthood. Would they tamely permit so gross an insult to be offered to their cloth? --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

The cloth, the clergy, are constituted for administering and for giving the best possible effect to . . . every axiom. --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

{Body cloth}. See under {Body}.

{Cloth of gold}, a fabric woven wholly or partially of threads of gold.

{Cloth measure}, the measure of length and surface by which cloth is measured and sold. For this object the standard yard is usually divided into quarters and nails.

{Cloth paper}, a coarse kind of paper used in pressing and finishing woolen cloth. -- Cloth

{shearer}, one who shears cloth and frees it from superfluous nap. [1913 Webster]


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  • cloth — [klɔθ US klo:θ] n [: Old English; Origin: clath cloth, piece of clothing ] 1.) [U] material used for making things such as clothes cotton/woollen/silk etc cloth ▪ a dress of the finest silk cloth 2.) a piece of cloth used for a particular purpose …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • cloth — cloth; cloth·ier; cloth·ier s brush; cloth·i·fy; cloth·ing; mort·cloth; cere·cloth; …   English syllables

  • cloth — [ klaθ ] noun ** 1. ) count or uncount material used for making clothes, curtains, etc. that is made by weaving fibers together: linen/cotton cloth 2. ) count a piece of cloth used for a particular purpose such as cleaning or covering a table the …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • cloth — [klôth, kläth] n. pl. cloths [klôthz, kläthz; ] also [ klôths, kläths ] for [ “] kinds of cloth [ ] [ME < OE clath, cloth, hence garment, akin to clithan, to stick, clitha, poultice < IE * gleit (> Ger kleid, dress) < base * glei , to …   English World dictionary

  • Cloth — 〈[klɔ̣ð] m.; ; unz.; Textilw.〉 dichtes Atlasgewebe [<engl. cloth „Tuch“] * * * Cloth [klɔθ], der od. das; [engl. cloth = Tuch, Stoff, verw. mit ↑Kleid]: glänzender [Futter]stoff aus Baumwolle od. Halbwolle …   Universal-Lexikon

  • cloth — (n.) O.E. clað a cloth, woven or felted material to wrap around one, hence, garment, from P.Gmc. *kalithaz (Cf. O.Fris. klath, M.Du. cleet, Du. kleed, M.H.G. kleit, Ger. Kleid garment ), of obscure origin. The cloth the clerical profession is… …   Etymology dictionary

  • cloth — ► NOUN (pl. cloths) 1) woven, knitted, or felted fabric made from a soft fibre such as wool or cotton. 2) a piece of cloth for a particular purpose. 3) (the cloth) the clergy; the clerical profession. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • Cloth — (engl.), halbwollener Futterstoff mit 45 Ketten u. 70 Schußfäden auf 1 cm, Kette Baumwollengarn Nr. 30 engl., Schuß Kammgarn Nr. 74 einfach, Bindung fünfschäftiger Atlas (s. Abbild.) …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Cloth — 〈 [klɔ̣θ] m.; Gen.: ; Pl.: unz.; Textilw.〉 dichtes Atlasgewebe [Etym.: <engl. cloth «Tuch«] …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

  • Cloth — [klɔθ] der od. das; <aus engl. cloth »Tuch«> glänzender [Futter]stoff aus Baumwolle od. Halbwolle in Atlasbindung (einer besonderen Webart) …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

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