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Webster 1913 Edition


Fabric

Fab′ric

(făb′rĭk)
,
Noun.
[L.
fabrica
fabric, workshop: cf. F.
fabrique
fabric. See
Forge
.]
1.
The structure of anything; the manner in which the parts of a thing are united; workmanship; texture; make;
as cloth of a beautiful
fabric
.
2.
That which is fabricated
;
as:
(a)
Framework; structure; edifice; building.
(b)
Cloth of any kind that is woven or knit from fibers, whether vegetable, animal, or synthetic; manufactured cloth;
as, silks or other
fabrics
; made of a
fabric
that is 50% cotton and 50% polyester
.
3.
The act of constructing; construction.
[R.]
Tithe was received by the bishop, . . . for the
fabric
of the churches for the poor.
Milman.
4.
Any system or structure consisting of connected parts;
as, the
fabric
of the universe
.
The whole vast
fabric
of society.
Macaulay.

Fab′ric

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Fabricked
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Fabricking
.]
To frame; to build; to construct.
[Obs.]
Fabric their mansions.”
J. Philips.

Webster 1828 Edition


Fabric

FABRIC

,
Noun.
[L., a frame, a workman.]
1.
The structure of any thing; the manner in which the parts of a thing are untied by art and labor; workmanship; texture. This is cloth of a beautiful fabric.
2.
The frame or structure of a building; construction. More generally, the building itself; an edifice; a house; a temple; a church; a bridge, &c. The word is usually applied to a large building.
3.
Any system composed of connected parts; as the fabric of the universe.
4.
Cloth manufactured.
Silks and other fine fabrics of the east.

FABRIC

, v.t To frame; to build; to construct. [Little used.]

Definition 2022


fabric

fabric

English

Alternative forms

Noun

fabric (countable and uncountable, plural fabrics)

  1. (archaic) structure, building
    • Milton
      Anon out of the earth a fabric huge / Rose like an exhalation.
  2. (archaic) The act of constructing; construction; fabrication.
    • Milman
      Tithe was received by the bishop [] for the fabric of the churches for the poor.
  3. (archaic) The structure of anything; the manner in which the parts of a thing are united; workmanship; texture; make.
    cloth of a beautiful fabric
  4. The framework underlying a structure
    the fabric of our lives
    the fabric of the universe
  5. A material made of fibers, a textile or cloth.
    cotton fabric
  6. (petrology) The appearance of crystalline grains in a rock
  7. (computing) Interconnected nodes that look like a textile 'fabric' when viewed collectively from a distance
    The internet is a fabric of computers connected by routers

Synonyms

  • See also Wikisaurus:fabric

Translations

See also

  • Appendix:Fabrics