cloth


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cloth \Cloth\ (kl[o^]th; 115), n.; pl. Cloths (kl[o^][th]z;
   115), except in the sense of garments, when it is Clothes
   (kl[=o]thz or kl[=o]z). [OE. clath cloth, AS. cl[=a][thorn]
   cloth, garment; akin to D. kleed, Icel. kl[ae][eth]i, Dan.
   kl[ae]de, cloth, Sw. kl[aum]de, G. kleid garment, dress.]
   1. A fabric made of fibrous material (or sometimes of wire,
      as in wire cloth); commonly, a woven fabric of cotton,
      woolen, or linen, adapted to be made into garments;
      specifically, woolen fabrics, as distinguished from all
      others.
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   2. The dress; raiment. [Obs.] See Clothes.
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            I'll ne'er distust my God for cloth and bread.
                                                  --Quarles.
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   3. The distinctive dress of any profession, especially of the
      clergy; hence, the clerical profession.
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            Appeals were made to the priesthood. Would they
            tamely permit so gross an insult to be offered to
            their cloth?                          --Macaulay.
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            The cloth, the clergy, are constituted for
            administering and for giving the best possible
            effect to . . . every axiom.          --I. Taylor.
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   Body cloth. See under Body.

   Cloth of gold, a fabric woven wholly or partially of
      threads of gold.

   Cloth measure, the measure of length and surface by which
      cloth is measured and sold. For this object the standard
      yard is usually divided into quarters and nails.

   Cloth paper, a coarse kind of paper used in pressing and
      finishing woolen cloth. -- Cloth

   shearer, one who shears cloth and frees it from superfluous
      nap.
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