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Jacquard loom

a loom for producing elaborate designs in an intricate weave (Jacquard weave) constructed from a variety of basic weaves.
Origin of Jacquard loom
1850-55; named after J. M. Jacquard (1757-1834), French inventor Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The Jacquard loom has brought about a revolution in man's, and especially in woman's dress.

    Stories of Useful Inventions Samuel Eagle Foreman
Jacquard loom in Technology
/zhah-kar'/ A mechanical loom, invented by Joseph-Marie Jacquard in 1801, which used the holes punched in pasteboard punch cards (which see) to control the weaving of patterns in fabric. It was the first machine to use punch cards, although it did no computation based on them.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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