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woof1

[woo f, woof]
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noun
  1. filling(def 5).
  2. texture; fabric.
  3. British. warp(def 13).

Origin of woof1

before 900; Middle English oof, owf, Old English ōwef, āwef (compare gewef), equivalent to ō-, ā- a-3 + wef (akin to web); modern w- from weft, warp, weave, etc.

woof2

[woo f]
interjection
  1. (used to imitate the bark of a dog).
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  • They lay far deeper, in the very warp and woof of her nature.

    Dust

    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • Of this warp and woof have all the strange patterns of Spanish life been woven.

  • And as a shuttle separates the warp from the woof, so a name distinguishes the natures of things.

  • As in a web the warp is stronger than the woof, so should the rulers be stronger than their half-educated subjects.

    Laws

    Plato

  • She looks to it that warp and woof are wrought with speed and beauty.


British Dictionary definitions for woof

woof1

noun
  1. the crosswise yarns that fill the warp yarns in weaving; weft
  2. a woven fabric or its texture

Word Origin

Old English ōwef, from ō-, perhaps from on, + wef web (see weave); modern form influenced by warp

woof2

interjection
  1. an imitation of the bark or growl of a dog
verb
  1. (intr) (of dogs) to bark or growl
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Word Origin and History for woof

n.1

"weft, texture, fabric," Old English owef, from o- "on" + wefan "to weave" (see weave). With excrescent -w- by influence of warp or weft.

n.2

dog bark noise, first recorded 1804, echoic. Woofer "loudspeaker for bass notes" first attested 1935.

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