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quilting

[kwil-ting]
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noun
  1. the act of a person who quilts.
  2. material for making quilts.
  3. a heavily padded wrapping, as for fragile cargo.
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Origin of quilting

First recorded in 1605–15; quilt + -ing1

quilt

[kwilt]
noun
  1. a coverlet for a bed, made of two layers of fabric with some soft substance, as wool or down, between them and stitched in patterns or tufted through all thicknesses in order to prevent the filling from shifting.
  2. anything quilted or resembling a quilt.
  3. a bedspread or counterpane, especially a thick one.
  4. Obsolete. a mattress.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to stitch together (two pieces of cloth and a soft interlining), usually in an ornamental pattern.
  2. to sew up between pieces of material.
  3. to pad or line with material.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to make quilts or quilted work.
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Origin of quilt

1250–1300; Middle English quilte < Old French cuilte < Latin culcita mattress, cushion
Related formsquilt·er, noun
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Related Words

coveringlacedecorationtapestrybrocadeneedlepointquiltingstuffcoverfillbedeckknitdecorateembellishstitchsewingembroideryknittingstitchery

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British Dictionary definitions for quilting

quilting

noun
  1. material used for making a quilt
  2. the act or process of making a quilt
  3. quilted work
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quilt

noun
  1. a thick warm cover for a bed, consisting of a soft filling sewn between two layers of material, usually with crisscross seams
  2. a bedspread or counterpane
  3. anything quilted or resembling a quilt
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verb (tr)
  1. to stitch together (two pieces of fabric) with (a thick padding or lining) between themto quilt cotton and wool
  2. to create (a garment, covering, etc) in this way
  3. to pad with material
  4. Australian informal to strike; clout
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Derived Formsquilter, noun

Word Origin

C13: from Old French coilte mattress, from Latin culcita stuffed item of bedding
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Word Origin and History for quilting

quilt

n.

c.1300, "mattress with soft lining," from Anglo-French quilte, Old French cuilte, coute "quilt, mattress" (12c.), from Latin culcita "mattress, bolster," of unknown origin. Sense of "thick outer bed covering" is first recorded 1590s.

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quilt

v.

1550s, from quilt (n.). Related: Quilted; quilting. Quilting bee attested from 1824 (see bee).

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