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 cloths
We set to our task with a deliberate gentleness, dabbing with cloths, cotton, swabs.
These Indians wore garments of bark, which they wove like cloths, and then drew on like coats of mail.The History of Antiquity, Volume IV (of 6)|Max Duncker
The grape pomace is built up into a "cheese" by the use of cloths and racks variously arranged.Manual of American Grape-Growing|U. P. Hedrick
And they may well do so, for cloths of gold and of silk are cheaper there by much, than are cloths of wool.Early Travels in Palestine|Arculf et al.
Empty provision sacks and pack-saddles serve as cloths to protect the animals from the cold at night.Trans-Himalaya, Vol. 1 (of 2)|Sven Hedin
The cloths should be of a kind called enna kacha, each four cubits in length, but they are not now procurable.Castes and Tribes of Southern India|Edgar Thurston
British Dictionary definitions for cloths
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 cloths
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 cloths
see out of whole cloth; sackcloth and ashes.