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Webster 1913 Edition


Tapestry

Tap′es-try

,
Noun.
;
pl.
Tapestries
(#)
.
[F.
tapissere
, fr.
tapisser
to carpet, to hang, or cover with tapestry, fr.
tapis
a carpet, carpeting, LL.
tapecius
, fr. L.
tapete
carpet, tapestry, Gr. [GREEK], [GREEK]. Cf.
Tapis
,
Tippet
.]
A fabric, usually of worsted, worked upon a warp of linen or other thread by hand, the designs being usually more or less pictorial and the stuff employed for wall hangings and the like. The term is also applied to different kinds of embroidery.
Tapestry carpet
,
a kind of carpet, somewhat resembling Brussels, in which the warp is printed before weaving, so as to produce the figure in the cloth.
Tapestry moth
.
(Zool.)
Same as
Carpet moth
, under
Carpet
.

Tap′es-try

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Tapestried
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Tapestrying
.]
To adorn with tapestry, or as with tapestry.
The Trosachs wound, as now, between gigantic walls of rock
tapestried
with broom and wild roses.
Macaulay.

Webster 1828 Edition


Tapestry

TAP'ESTRY

,
Noun.
[L. tapes, tapestry.] A kind of woven hangings of wool and silk, often enriched with gold and silver, representing figures of men, animals, landscapes, &c.

Definition 2023


tapestry

tapestry

English

Noun

tapestry (plural tapestries)

  1. A heavy woven cloth, often with decorative pictorial designs, normally hung on walls.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 3, in The China Governess:
      Sepia Delft tiles surrounded the fireplace, their crudely drawn Biblical scenes in faded cyclamen blending with the pinkish pine, while above them, instead of a mantelshelf, there was an archway high enough to form a balcony with slender balusters and a tapestry-hung wall behind.
  2. (by extension)  Anything with variegated or complex details.
    • 2013 January-February, Nancy Langston, “The Fraught History of a Watery World”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 1, page 59:
      European adventurers found themselves within a watery world, a tapestry of streams, channels, wetlands, lakes and lush riparian meadows enriched by floodwaters from the Mississippi River.

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Verb

tapestry (third-person singular simple present tapestries, present participle tapestrying, simple past and past participle tapestried)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To decorate with tapestry, or as if with a tapestry.
    • 1833, Adolphus Slade, Records of Travels in Turkey, Greece, &c., "Captain Pasha's Alarm", page 152:
      We had run above twenty miles when the sun set, carpeting the sea, and tapestrying the sky with a rare unison of delicate green and golden hues []
    • 1854 September 13, Nathaniel Hawthorne, English Note-Books, "Conway Castle":
      The banqueting-hall, all open to the sky, and with thick curtains of ivy tapestrying the walls, and grass and weeds growing on the arches that overpass it, is indescribably beautiful.
    • 1921, Israel Zangwill, The Cockpit: Romantic Drama in Three Acts, page 255:
      I present Bosnavina to its Duchess, I kiss the hem of her Majesty's robe and will tapestry her Palace with conquered flags.

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