the fine, soft, curly hair that forms the fleece of sheep and certain other animals, characterized by minute, overlapping surface scales that give it its felting property.
fabrics and garments of such wool.
yarn made of such wool.
any of various substances used commercially as substitutes for the wool of sheep or other animals.
any of certain vegetable fibers, as cotton or flax, used as wool, especially after preparation by special process (vegetable wool ).
any finely fibrous or filamentous matter suggestive of the wool of sheep: glass wool; steel wool.
any coating of short, fine hairs or hairlike processes, as on a caterpillar or a plant; pubescence.
Informal. the human hair, especially when short, thick, and crisp.
Idioms about wool
all wool and a yard wide, genuine; excellent; sincere: He was a real friend, all wool and a yard wide.
dyed in the wool, inveterate; confirmed: a dyed in the wool sinner.
pull the wool over someone's eyes, to deceive or delude someone: The boy thought that by hiding the broken dish he could pull the wool over his mother's eyes.
- woollike, adjective
- non·wool, adjective
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How to use wool in a sentence
Turns out that wool regulates temperature, repels water, wicks away moisture, and resists stains and dirt.
The resulting wool Runners were comfortable, eco-friendly, machine-washable, and super cute—and sold out almost immediately.
The wool design by Maddalena Forcella brings to mind the gang warfare and violence that has plagued Mexico.Shining a Spotlight on Mexico’s Iconic Textile—the Rebozo | Liza Foreman | June 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Plus, as Middleton says, “Many great vintage and the Burberry come with wool linings.”An Ode to the Trench Coat: The Burberry vs. The Lloyd Dobler | Sara Lieberman | April 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Ted tugged at the brass buttons of her red, wool-crepe dress.‘Tracing the Blue Light’: Read Chapter 1 of Eileen Cronin’s ‘Mermaid’ | Eileen Cronin | April 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
So Hettie put the chicken in a cage, with some wool to cover it, and fed it several times every day, till it came to know her.The Nursery, July 1873, Vol. XIV. No. 1 | Various
Cuss him to-night, ef he's alive; an' ef his bed is soff' as wool, doan let him sleep for thinkin' of Miss Dory.The Cromptons | Mary J. Holmes
They placed cotton and fine wool all about the room, and even endeavoured to construct small nests of wool and horsehair.Skipper Worse | Alexander Lange Kielland
You ate the milk, and you clothed yourselves with the wool, and you killed that which was fat: but my flock you did not feed.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
A highly curious report on the importation of silks and the exportation of wool was soon presented to the House.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
British Dictionary definitions for wool
the outer coat of sheep, yaks, etc, which consists of short curly hairs
yarn spun from the coat of sheep, etc, used in weaving, knitting, etc
cloth or a garment made from this yarn
(as modifier): a wool dress
any of certain fibrous materials: glass wool; steel wool
informal short thick curly hair
a tangled mass of soft fine hairs that occurs in certain plants
dyed in the wool confirmed in one's beliefs or opinions
pull the wool over someone's eyes to deceive or delude someone
- wool-like, adjective
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Other Idioms and Phrases with wool
see all wool and a yard wide; pull the wool over someone's eyes.
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