gilling

[gil-ing]
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noun Textiles.

the process of attenuating worsted fibers and making them parallel by using a gill box while combing.

Nearby words

  1. gillett,
  2. gillette,
  3. gillette, william,
  4. gillian,
  5. gillie,
  6. gillingham,
  7. gillion,
  8. gillnet,
  9. gillray,
  10. gills

Origin of gilling


gill

1
[gil]

noun

the respiratory organ of aquatic animals, as fish, that breathe oxygen dissolved in water.
Also called lamella. one of the radiating vertical plates on the underside of the cap of an agaric mushroom.

verb (used with object)

to gut or clean (fish).

Origin of gill

1
1300–50; Middle English gile < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse gjǫlnar < *gelnō; cognate with Swed gäl, Danish gælle, Norwegian gjelle gill

Related formsgill-less, adjectivegill-like, adjective

gill

5
[gil]Textiles.

noun

a faller used in the combing process, generally for only the highest-quality fibers.

verb (used with object)

to comb (fibers) with a gill.

Origin of gill

5
First recorded in 1830–40; perhaps special use of gill1

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British Dictionary definitions for gilling

Gill

noun

(Arthur) Eric (Rowton). 1882–1940, British sculptor, engraver, and typographer: his sculptures include the Stations of the Cross in Westminster Cathedral, London

gill

1

noun

the respiratory organ in many aquatic animals, consisting of a membrane or outgrowth well supplied with blood vessels. External gills occur in tadpoles, some molluscs, etc; internal gills, within gill slits, occur in most fishesRelated adjective: branchial
any of the radiating leaflike spore-producing structures on the undersurface of the cap of a mushroom

verb

to catch (fish) or (of fish) to be caught in a gill net
(tr) to gut (fish)
See also gills

Derived Formsgilled, adjectivegill-less, adjectivegill-like, adjective

Word Origin for gill

C14: of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish gäl, Danish gjælle, Greek khelunē lip

gill

2

noun

a unit of liquid measure equal to one quarter of a pint
Northern English dialect half a pint, esp of beer

Word Origin for gill

C14: from Old French gille vat, tub, from Late Latin gillō cooling vessel for liquids, of obscure origin

gill

3

ghyll

noun dialect

a narrow stream; rivulet
a wooded ravine
(capital when part of place name) a deep natural hole in rock; potholeGaping Gill

Word Origin for gill

C11: from Old Norse gil steep-sided valley

gill

4

noun

archaic a girl or sweetheart
dialect a female ferretAlso spelt: jill
an archaic or dialect name for ground ivy

Word Origin for gill

C15: special use of Gill, short for Gillian, girl's name

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Word Origin and History for gilling
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Science definitions for gilling

gill

[gĭl]

The organ that enables most aquatic animals to take dissolved oxygen from the water. It consists of a series of membranes that have many small blood vessels. Oxygen passes into the bloodstream and carbon dioxide passes out of it as water flows across the membranes.
One of the thin strips of tissue on the underside of the cap of many species of basidiomycete fungi. Gills produce the spore-bearing structures known as basidia.
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