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fabric

[fab-rik]
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noun
  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.
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Origin of fabric

1475–85; (< Middle French fabrique) < Latin fabrica craft, especially metalworking or building, workshop. See forge1
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  • Even through the fabric of their suits he could feel her trembling.

    Pirates of the Gorm

    Nat Schachner

  • Nona was gripping his hand with a pressure that penetrated the fabric.

    Pirates of the Gorm

    Nat Schachner

  • It left in the paper an indistinct impression resembling a fabric.

  • The tale of Atlantis is the fabric of a vision, but it has never ceased to interest mankind.

    Timaeus

    Plato

  • Then all the fabric of his mother's honor would there and then tumble to the ground.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine


British Dictionary definitions for fabric

fabric

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

C15: from Latin fabrica workshop, from faber craftsman
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Word Origin and History for fabric

n.

late 15c., "building, thing made," from Middle French fabrique (14c.), from Latin fabrica "workshop," also "an art, trade; a skillful production, structure, fabric," from faber "artisan who works in hard materials," from PIE *dhabh- "to fit together." Sense in English evolved via "manufactured material" (1753) to "textile" (1791).

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