[mwahr, mawr, mohr]
- any moiré fabric.
Origin of moire
1650–60; < French < English mohair
[mwah-rey, mawr-ey, mohr-ey; French mwa-rey]
- (of silks and other fabrics) presenting a watery or wavelike appearance.
- a design pressed on silk, rayon, etc., by engraved rollers.
- any silk, rayon, etc., fabric with a watery or wavelike appearance.
- Printing. an interference pattern of dots appearing in the print of process color.
Origin of moiré
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Examples from the Web for moire
Heavy mohair, cotton, or silk and cotton cloth, with worsted or moire face.Textiles
William H. Dooley
Moire—The water effect produced on silk, moreen, and like fabrics.Textiles and Clothing
Kate Heintz Watson
This machine is also made to I produce the "Moire luster" finish.
Moire, mwor, n. watered silk: a watered appearance on metals or textile fabrics.
On the body there are two rows of moire and three on each band of the skirt.
- a fabric, usually silk, having a watered effect
C17: from French, earlier mouaire, from mohair
- having a watered or wavelike pattern
- such a pattern, impressed on fabrics by means of engraved rollers
- any fabric having such a pattern; moire
- Also: moiré pattern a pattern seen when two geometrical patterns, such as grids, are visually superimposed
C17: from French, from moire mohair
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Word Origin and History for moire
"watered silk," 1650s, from French moire (17c.); see mohair. As an adjective, moiré "having the appearance of watered silk," it is attested from 1823.
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