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CLOTH, n.

1. A manufacture or stuff of wool or hair, or of cotton, flax, hemp or other vegetable filaments, formed by weaving or intertexture of threads, and used for garments or other covering and for various other purposes; as woolen cloth, linen cloth, cotton cloth, hair cloth.

2. The covering of a table; usually called a tablecloth.

3. The canvas on which pictures are drawn.

4. A texture or covering put to a particular use; as a cloth of state.

5. Dress; raiment. [See Clothes.]

6. The covering of a bed.



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CLOTH, n.

1. A manufacture or stuff of wool or hair, or of cotton, flax, hemp or other vegetable filaments, formed by weaving or intertexture of threads, and used for garments or other covering and for various other purposes; as woolen cloth, linen cloth, cotton cloth, hair cloth.

2. The covering of a table; usually called a tablecloth.

3. The canvas on which pictures are drawn.

4. A texture or covering put to a particular use; as a cloth of state.

5. Dress; raiment. [See Clothes.]

6. The covering of a bed.

CLOTH, n. [clawth; Sax. clath; D. kleed, cloth, and kleeden, to clothe; G. kleid, kleiden; Sw. kläde, kläda; Dan. klæde, klæder. The plural is regular, cloths; but when it signifies garments, it is written clothes.]

  1. A manufacture or stuff of wool or hair, or of cotton, flax, hemp or other vegetable filaments, formed by weaving or intertexture of threads, and used for garments or other covering, and for various other purposes; as, woolen cloth, linen cloth, cotton cloth, hair cloth. But cloth is often used for a fabric of wool in contradistinction to that made of other material.
  2. The covering of a table; usually called a table-cloth. – Pope.
  3. The canvas on which pictures are drawn. – Dryden.
  4. A texture or covering put to a particular use; as, a cloth of state. – Hayward.
  5. Dress; raiment. [See Clothes.] I'll ne'er distrust my God for cloth and bread. – Quarles.
  6. The covering of a bed. [Not used.] – Prior.

Cloth
  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.
  2. The dress; raiment. [Obs.] See Clothes.

    I'll ne'er distust my God for cloth and bread.
    Quarles.

  3. The distinctive dress of any profession, especially of the clergy; hence, the clerical profession.

    Appeals were made to the priesthood. Would they tamely permit so gross an insult to be offered to their cloth?
    Macaulay.

    The cloth, the clergy, are constituted for administering and for giving the best possible effect to . . . every axiom.
    I. Taylor.

    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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Cloth

CLOTH, noun

1. A manufacture or stuff of wool or hair, or of cotton, flax, hemp or other vegetable filaments, formed by weaving or intertexture of threads, and used for garments or other covering and for various other purposes; as woolen cloth linen cloth cotton cloth hair cloth

2. The covering of a table; usually called a tablecloth.

3. The canvas on which pictures are drawn.

4. A texture or covering put to a particular use; as a cloth of state.

5. Dress; raiment. [See Clothes.]

6. The covering of a bed.

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importance

IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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AFFEC'TIONED, a.

1. Disposed; having an affection of heart.

Be ye kindly affectioned one to another. Rom 12.

2. Affected; conceited. Obs.

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