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Meaning of fabric by Wiktionary Dictionary


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    • IPA: /ˈfæb.rɪk/, X-SAMPA: /"f{b.rIk/


    From French fabrique, from Latin fabrica ( “a workshop, art, trade, product of art, structure, fabric” ), from faber ( “artisan, workman” ) .


    fabric ( countable and uncountable; plural: fabrics )

    1. ( originally ) ( construction ) structure, building
    2. An act of construction, especially the erection of a church
    3. The framework underlying a structure
      The fabric of our lives
    4. A material made of fibers, a textile or cloth .
      cotton fabric
    5. The texture of a cloth .
      the smooth fabric of an oriental silk cloth
    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


    • See also Wikisaurus:fabric

    See also

    • Appendix:Fabrics

Explanation of fabric by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers

    2. the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent
    3. the underlying structure

    4. it is part of the fabric of society

    Definition of fabric by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Fabric ( făbrĭk ), n. [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; “fabric”.

      2. That which is fabricated; as: Framework; structure; edifice; building.

      Anon out of the earth a fabric huge

      Rose like an exhalation. Milton.

      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.

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