tissue


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Tissue \Tis"sue\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tissued; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Tissuing.]
   To form tissue of; to interweave.
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         Covered with cloth of gold tissued upon blue. --Bacon.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Tissue \Tis"sue\, n. [F. tissu, fr. tissu, p. p. of tisser,
   tistre, to weave, fr. L. texere. See Text.]
   1. A woven fabric.
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   2. A fine transparent silk stuff, used for veils, etc.;
      specifically, cloth interwoven with gold or silver
      threads, or embossed with figures.
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            A robe of tissue, stiff with golden wire. --Dryden.
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            In their glittering tissues bear emblazed
            Holy memorials.                       --Milton.
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   3. (Biol.) One of the elementary materials or fibres, having
      a uniform structure and a specialized function, of which
      ordinary animals and plants are composed; a texture; as,
      epithelial tissue; connective tissue.
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   Note: The term tissue is also often applied in a wider sense
         to all the materials or elementary tissues, differing
         in structure and function, which go to make up an
         organ; as, vascular tissue, tegumentary tissue, etc.
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   4. Fig.: Web; texture; complicated fabrication; connected
      series; as, a tissue of forgeries, or of falsehood.
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            Unwilling to leave the dry bones of Agnosticism
            wholly unclothed with any living tissue of religious
            emotion.                              --A. J.
                                                  Balfour.
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   Tissue paper, very thin, gauzelike paper, used for
      protecting engravings in books, for wrapping up delicate
      articles, etc.
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