- a short fiber of cotton, wool, worsted, etc., separated from the long fibers in combing.
Origin of noil
First recorded in 1615–25; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for noil
The short fiber obtained in combing long staple wool is called "noil."Textiles and Clothing
Kate Heintz Watson
An increased yield and better quality of top, owing to the absence of broken fiber, and consequent diminution of noil and waste.
Some of the noil collected by the combing process is composed of a large percentage of short mohair.Practical Angora Goat Raising
C. P. Bailey
- textiles the short or knotted fibres that are separated from the long fibres, or staple, by combing
C17: of unknown origin
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