a fabric formed by weaving, felting, etc., from wool, hair, silk, flax, cotton, or other fiber, used for garments, upholstery, and many other items.
a piece of such a fabric for a particular purpose: an altar cloth.
the particular attire of any profession, especially that of the clergy.: Compare man of the cloth.
the cloth, the clergy: men of the cloth.
one of the lengths of canvas or duck of standard width sewn side by side to form a sail, awning, or tarpaulin.
any of various pieces of canvas or duck for reinforcing certain areas of a sail.
a number of sails taken as a whole.
Obsolete. a garment; clothing.
of or made of cloth: She wore a cloth coat trimmed with fur.
- clothlike, adjective
- un·der·cloth, noun
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How to use cloth in a sentence
When you wear a mask – even a cloth mask – you typically are exposed to a lower dose of the coronavirus than if you didn’t.Cloth Masks Do Protect The Wearer – Breathing In Less Coronavirus Means You Get Less Sick | LGBTQ-Editor | August 20, 2020 | No Straight News
Surgical masks are not as protective as N95s, but they do shield the wearer from droplets and fluids better than the now ubiquitous cloth masks—3% to 25% better, depending on the study.
Although all trainees and staff were required to wear cloth masks, campers were not.Coronavirus outbreak at camp infected more than 200 kids and staff | Erin Garcia de Jesus | August 4, 2020 | Science News For Students
Many cloth masks you can buy today are made of simple cotton, but the World Health Organization recommends that non-medical fabric masks have three layers of fabric, each made of a different material to serve a different protective role.The WHO’s guide to making more effective reusable masks | Katherine Ellen Foley | July 18, 2020 | Quartz
In addition to paper, kirigami can reshape sheets of wood, cloth or metal.
Paper and cloth are cheap, what people are paying for is the story.Glenn Beck Is Now Selling Hipster Clothes. Really. | Ana Marie Cox | December 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The figure enters the elevator and is then seen quickly leaving the mall, black cloth flapping behind it.Middle East Murder Mystery: Who Killed an American Teacher in Abu Dhabi? | Chris Allbritton | December 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Waving a silk cloth, he declared, “Gentlemen, I will have this land just as surely as I now have this handkerchief.”
No piece of cloth throughout history has sparked more controversy as the veil.Saudi Activist Manal Al-Sharif on Why She Removed the Veil | Manal Al Sharif, Advancing Human Rights | October 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Novelty aside, the real question is whether these avowedly chaste men of the cloth are listening.The Vatican's Same-Sex Synod: The Bishops Hear About Reality. Do They Listen? | Barbie Latza Nadeau | October 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He thrust the Cardinal's mantle into it, and stood over the smouldering cloth, till the whole was consumed to ashes.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
Her eyes were not nearly as soft as they had been, while she picked up the hanging folds of pink cloth, and went on.Rosemary in Search of a Father | C. N. Williamson
Great had been her indignation at the want of respect shown to the Reverend John Dodd's cloth.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
Ramona had covered the box with white cloth, and the lace altar-cloth thrown over it fell in folds to the floor.Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
Instead of a cloth, on each table was a sheet of fine glazed paper which had the appearance of oiled silk.Our Little Korean Cousin | H. Lee M. Pike
British Dictionary definitions for cloth
a fabric formed by weaving, felting or knitting wool, cotton, etc
(as modifier): a cloth bag
a piece of such fabric used for a particular purpose, as for a dishcloth
the clothes worn by a clergyman
nautical any of the panels of a sail
mainly British a piece of coloured fabric, used on the stage as scenery
Western African a garment in a traditional non-European style
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Other Idioms and Phrases with cloth
see out of whole cloth; sackcloth and ashes.
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