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[ fab-rik ]


  1. a cloth made by weaving, knitting, or felting fibers:

    woolen fabrics.

  2. the texture of the woven, knitted, or felted material:

    cloth of a soft, pliant fabric.

  3. framework; structure:

    the fabric of society.

  4. a building; edifice.
  5. the method of construction.
  6. the act of constructing, especially of a church building.
  7. the maintenance of such a building.
  8. Petrography. the spatial arrangement and orientation of the constituents of a rock.


/ ˈfæbrɪk /


  1. any cloth made from yarn or fibres by weaving, knitting, felting, etc
  2. the texture of a cloth
  3. a structure or framework

    the fabric of society

  4. a style or method of construction
  5. rare.
    a building
  6. the texture, arrangement, and orientation of the constituents of a rock

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Word History and Origins

Origin of fabric1

1475–85; (< Middle French fabrique ) < Latin fabrica craft, especially metalworking or building, workshop. See forge 1
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Word History and Origins

Origin of fabric1

C15: from Latin fabrica workshop, from faber craftsman
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Example Sentences

Researchers largely concur that the power of rituals rests within a larger social fabric.

The world of gravitons only becomes apparent when you zoom in to the fabric of space-time at the smallest possible scales, which requires a device that can harness truly extreme amounts of energy.

“The only way to add parks would be to destroy the historic fabric of the neighborhood and that’s never acceptable,” Torio said.

The effectiveness of fabric masks was in question early on, but studies now suggest that these masks can help curb transmission of the virus — if most people wear them.

The structure of the molecules that make up those fabrics lets them attract electrons or give them up, Guha explains.

It's about the delicate fabric of the universe and how our fragile insides crumble when that fabric is torn.

These are palpable, identifiable matters that are ingrained into the very fabric of The Babadook.

The $1,000 dress did not photograph particularly well, either, thanks to the mixture of sheer and non-sheer fabric.

Galeria is a collage of quotations: columns, chrome black tables, panels with English paisley fabric.

You even went out and bought the fabric for your own Oscar dress, which would be unthinkable for an actress to do today.

The villain Longcluse, and the whole fabric of his machinations, may be dashed in pieces by a word.

He knew that the whole fabric of crime was due to the human reading of His "revelation" to man.

Such a theory is ridiculous; but upon it depends the entire fabric of Christian theology.

Christianity is a fabric of impossibilities erected upon a foundation of error.

And so the whole fabric of geological chronology vanishes into a mere unproved notion, based upon an if.


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