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textile

[teks-tahyl, -til]
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noun
  1. any cloth or goods produced by weaving, knitting, or felting.
  2. a material, as a fiber or yarn, used in or suitable for weaving: Glass can be used as a textile.
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adjective
  1. woven or capable of being woven: textile fabrics.
  2. of or relating to weaving.
  3. of or relating to textiles or the production of textiles: the textile industry.
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Origin of textile

1520–30; < Latin textilis woven, textile (noun use of neuter) woven fabric, equivalent to text(us), past participle of texere to weave + -ilis, -ile -ile
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Related Words for textiles

cloth, goods, yarn, fiber

Examples from the Web for textiles

Contemporary Examples of textiles

Historical Examples of textiles

  • Piece dyeing is the cheapest method of applying color to textiles.

    Textiles

    William H. Dooley

  • Zurich is the centre of manufactures of textiles and fine machinery.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway

  • Ivory, coffee, and gold are shipped to India in exchange for textiles.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway

  • Velvet has always and justly been regarded as the most beautiful of textiles.

    Textiles and Clothing

    Kate Heintz Watson

  • A knowledge of the various widths of textiles is important in buying.

    Textiles and Clothing

    Kate Heintz Watson


British Dictionary definitions for textiles

textile

noun
  1. any fabric or cloth, esp woven
  2. raw material suitable to be made into cloth; fibre or yarn
  3. a non-nudist, as described by nudists; one who wears clothes
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adjective
  1. of or relating to fabrics or the making of fabrics
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Word Origin for textile

C17: from Latin textilis woven, from texere to weave
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Word Origin and History for textiles

textile

n.

1620s, from Latin textilis "woven, fabric, cloth," noun use of textilis "woven," from texere "to weave," from PIE root *tek- "to make" (see texture).

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