verb (used with object)
Origin of willow
Examples from the Web for willowing
The bundles of grass are opened up, shaken out, and put through a willowing machine.The Manufacture of Paper|Robert Walter Sindall
The order of the manufacturing processes is as follows:—mixing, willowing, teasing, scribbling and carding.
British Dictionary definitions for willowing (1 of 2)
Word Origin for willow
British Dictionary definitions for willowing (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for willowing
Old English welig, from Proto-Germanic *walg- (cf. Old Saxon wilgia, Middle Dutch wilghe, Dutch wilg), probably from PIE *wel- "to turn, roll," with derivatives referring to curved, enclosing objects. The change in form to -ow (14c.) paralleled that of bellow and fellow. The more typical Germanic word for the tree is represented by withy.