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frilling

[fril-ing] /ˈfrɪl ɪŋ/
noun
1.
frilled edging.
Origin of frilling
1805-1815
First recorded in 1805-15; frill + -ing1

frill

[fril] /frɪl/
noun
1.
a trimming, as a strip of cloth or lace, gathered at one edge and left loose at the other; ruffle.
2.
something resembling such a trimming, as the fringe of hair on the chest of some dogs.
3.
affectation of manner, style, etc.
4.
something superfluous.
5.
Photography. wrinkling or loosening of an emulsion at the edges, usually due to excessively high temperature during developing.
verb (used with object)
6.
to trim or ornament with a frill or frills.
7.
to form into a frill.
verb (used without object)
8.
Photography. (of an emulsion) to become wrinkled or loose.
Origin
First recorded in 1585-95; origin uncertain
Related forms
friller, noun
unfrill, verb (used with object)
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Examples from the Web for frilling
Historical Examples
  • The orange of the enormous lip and the frilling specially fine.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • A tie-pin or stud was also seen in the centre of the stock or frilling.

    Dress design

    Talbot Hughes
  • This is called "frilling," and occurs when the developer is too warm.

  • She covered her chairs with Turkey-red cotton, frilling them round the seats.

    Emily Fox-Seton Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • She gave these answers, with her attention apparently absorbed in folding and refolding the frilling on her nightgown.

    The Moonstone Wilkie Collins
  • Her fingers dropped from the frilling of her nightgown, and her fierce black eyes flashed at me.

    The Moonstone Wilkie Collins
  • Her fingers went back to the frilling, and she turned her head sullenly away from me.

    The Moonstone Wilkie Collins
  • The front is trimmed with fullings of satin, attached to which, and frilling back, is a row of pointed lace.

  • Although the methods just described will check the frilling, they will not remove its effects.

  • This removed the necessity of dialysing, and helped to lessen the evils of decomposition and “frilling.”

British Dictionary definitions for frilling

frill

/frɪl/
noun
1.
a gathered, ruched, or pleated strip of cloth sewn on at one edge only, as on garments, as ornament, or to give extra body
2.
a ruff of hair or feathers around the neck of a dog or bird or a fold of skin around the neck of a reptile or amphibian
3.
(often capital) a variety of domestic fancy pigeon having a ruff of curled feathers on the chest and crop Full name oriental frill
4.
(photog) a wrinkling or loosening of the emulsion at the edges of a negative or print
5.
(often pl) (informal) a superfluous or pretentious thing or manner; affectation: he made a plain speech with no frills
verb
6.
(transitive) to adorn or fit with a frill or frills
7.
to form into a frill or frills
8.
(intransitive) (photog) (of an emulsion) to develop a frill
Derived Forms
frilliness, noun
frilly, adjective
Word Origin
C14: perhaps of Flemish origin
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Word Origin and History for frilling

frill

n.

"wavy ornamental edging," 1801 (with a doubtful attestation from 1590s), of uncertain origin despite much speculation [see OED]; figurative sense of "useless ornament" first recorded 1893. The verb meaning "to furnish with a frill" is recorded in 1570s. Related: Frilled.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for frilling

frill

noun

A woman, esp a young woman; frail (1920s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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