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[dof-er, daw-fer]
  1. a person or thing that doffs.
  2. Textiles.
    1. a wire-clothed roller on a carding machine, especially the roller to which the carded fibers are transferred from the cylinder and then prepared for conversion into sliver.
    2. any roller that removes the fibers from another roller.
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Origin of doffer

First recorded in 1815–25; doff + -er1
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Examples from the Web for doffer

Historical Examples

  • The large runner and the doffer require to be cleaned together.

    A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines

    Andrew Ure

  • She saw what it meant to be a doffer, a reeler, a silk-twister.

    The Turn of the Tide

    Eleanor H. Porter

  • The doffer comb, a serrated metal plate the length of the rollers, removes the carded fibers from the last roller or doffer.

  • Doffer, dof′ėr, n. the part of a carding-machine which strips the cotton from the cylinder when carded.

  • Having passed the "flats," the cotton is deposited by the cylinder on what is termed the doffer.