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[gawz] /gɔz/
any thin and often transparent fabric made from any fiber in a plain or leno weave.
a surgical dressing of loosely woven cotton.
any material made of an open, meshlike weave, as of wire.
a thin haze.
Origin of gauze
First recorded in 1555-65, gauze is from the French word gaze < ?
Related forms
gauzelike, adjective Unabridged
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  • Slowly he related his story while his mother bent over her needle, spangling with brilliants a gauze of azure hue.

    Carl and the Cotton Gin Sara Ware Bassett
  • I've got to have a couple of needles, a little catgut and some gauze.

    Laramie Holds the Range Frank H. Spearman
  • The amphitheatre bent above the parquette its garland of diamonds, hair, gauze, and satin.

    The Red Lily, Complete Anatole France
  • I was as regularly netted as if a gauze veil had been thrown over me.

    The Gorilla Hunters R.M. Ballantyne
  • A trifle of gauze traveled over one shoulder, leaving the other bare save for a supporting strap of tiny scarlet beads.

    The Nest Builder Beatrice Forbes-Robertson Hale
  • Let her go as Ariel, all gauze, flesh-tints, and natural curves.

  • His head had emerged slowly, month by month, from swathings of gauze.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
British Dictionary definitions for gauze


  1. a transparent cloth of loose plain or leno weave
  2. (as modifier): a gauze veil
a surgical dressing of muslin or similar material
any thin openwork material, such as wire
a fine mist or haze
Word Origin
C16: from French gaze, perhaps from Gaza, where it was believed to originate
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Word Origin and History for gauze

1560s, gais, from French gaze, conjectured to be from Arabic gazz "raw silk" [Barnhart], or from Gaza, Palestinian city associated with production of this fabric [Klein, Du Cagne].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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gauze in Medicine

gauze (gôz)
A bleached, woven cotton cloth, used for dressings, bandages, and absorbent sponges.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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