noun, plural cloths [klawth z, kloth z, klawths, kloths] /klɔðz, klɒðz, klɔθs, klɒθs/.
- 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.
Origin of cloth
Examples from the Web for cloth
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|DAILY BEAST
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|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|DAILY BEAST
Instead, Ernst is seen as a “likable, relatable person” who is cut “from the cloth of small-town Iowa.”The Bruce Braley-Joni Ernst Race Is Iowa’s Ugliest Senate Campaign Ever|Ben Jacobs|July 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
My nostrils have smelt the horrors of the (cloth) diaper pail.
The cloth is to be next washed in the river; and lastly with water only, in the fulling mill.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines|Andrew Ure
She whisked off with her cloth to the screen, deposited it, reappeared.A Sheaf of Corn|Mary E. Mann
Having lost the old Gospel, the men of the cloth became eager exponents of the “social gospel” of that day.Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark|Jens Christian Aaberg
But meteor detectors are built to look for solid chunks of metal and rock—not thin, porous bits of cloth.Hanging by a Thread|Gordon Randall Garrett
Two pails of water flanked this rack, in each of which had been thrust a slotted hickory "wiper" threaded with a square of cloth.The Adventures of Bobby Orde|Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for cloth
noun plural cloths (klɒθs, klɒðz)
- a fabric formed by weaving, felting or knitting wool, cotton, etc
- (as modifier)a cloth bag
- the clothes worn by a clergyman
- the clergy
Word Origin for cloth
Word Origin and History for cloth
Old English claþ "a cloth, sail, cloth covering, woven or felted material to wrap around one," hence, also, "garment," from Proto-Germanic *kalithaz (cf. Old Frisian klath "cloth," Middle Dutch cleet, Dutch kleed "garment, dress," Middle High German kleit, German Kleid "garment"), of obscure origin. As an adjective from 1590s. The cloth "the clerical profession" is from 17c. in reference to characteristic dress.
Idioms and Phrases with cloth
see out of whole cloth; sackcloth and ashes.