- a fold of definite, even width made by doubling cloth or the like upon itself and pressing or stitching it in place.
- to fold or arrange in pleats.
Origin of pleat
Related Words for pleatingwrap, insert, pinch, crinkle, wrinkle, pucker, pleat, increase, grow, curl, crimp, knit, bend, tuck, swaddle, enfold, gather, contract, plait, seam
Examples from the Web for pleating
Historical Examples of pleating
She glanced at him sharply, then fell to pleating the gelding's mane.Garrison's Finish
W. B. M. Ferguson
"It's a kind of pleating," explained Dorothy, putting down the dog.The Road to Oz
L. Frank Baum
For flannel, pleating or gathers may be used to put fullness into a band.Textiles and Clothing
Kate Heintz Watson
To do this, the inside of the pleating will lap more than the outside.
Three rows or more of pleating may be used on this ornament.
- (tr) to arrange (material, part of a garment, etc) in pleats
Word Origin for pleat
1560s, used as the verb version of plait (n.) and probably representing an alternative pronunciation. Related: Pleated; pleating.
"a fold," 1580s, variant of plait (n.). With a gap in the printed record 17c.-18c., but probably it was in continuous oral use.