- any tree or shrub of the genus Salix, characterized by narrow, lance-shaped leaves and dense catkins bearing small flowers, many species having tough, pliable twigs or branches used for wickerwork, etc.Compare willow family.
- the wood of any of these trees.
- Informal. something, especially a cricket bat, made of willow wood.
- Also called willower, willy. a machine consisting essentially of a cylinder armed with spikes revolving within a spiked casing, for opening and cleaning cotton or other fiber.
- to treat (textile fibers) with a willow.
Origin of willow
Examples from the Web for willowing
The bundles of grass are opened up, shaken out, and put through a willowing machine.The Manufacture of Paper
Robert Walter Sindall
The order of the manufacturing processes is as follows:—mixing, willowing, teasing, scribbling and carding.
- any of numerous salicaceous trees and shrubs of the genus Salix, such as the weeping willow and osiers of N temperate regions, which have graceful flexible branches, flowers in catkins, and feathery seeds
- the whitish wood of certain of these trees
- something made of willow wood, such as a cricket or baseball bat
- a machine having a system of revolving spikes for opening and cleaning raw textile fibres
- a small town in S Alaska, about 113 km (70 miles) northwest of Anchorage: chosen as the site of the projected new state capital in 1976, a plan which never came to fruition. Pop: 1658 (2000)
Word Origin and History for willowing
Old English welig, from Proto-Germanic *walg- (cf. Old Saxon wilgia, Middle Dutch wilghe, Dutch wilg), probably from PIE *wel- "to turn, roll," with derivatives referring to curved, enclosing objects. The change in form to -ow (14c.) paralleled that of bellow and fellow. The more typical Germanic word for the tree is represented by withy.