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fabric

[fab-rik] /ˈfæb rɪk/
noun
1.
a cloth made by weaving, knitting, or felting fibers:
woolen fabrics.
2.
the texture of the woven, knitted, or felted material:
cloth of a soft, pliant fabric.
3.
framework; structure:
the fabric of society.
4.
a building; edifice.
5.
the method of construction.
6.
the act of constructing, especially of a church building.
7.
the maintenance of such a building.
8.
Petrography. the spatial arrangement and orientation of the constituents of a rock.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; (< Middle French fabrique) < Latin fabrica craft, especially metalworking or building, workshop. See forge1
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Examples from the web for fabric
  • Tugging causes the fabric to curl toward the center, and the cloth will also stretch.
  • Also known as shade fabric, this woven material is useful as a temporary or long-term screen against hot sun and drying winds.
  • Rectangular holes in the tail show where the fabric coverings were torn away.
  • The subject itself could be fruit, flowers or a fabric screen, as often as a human sitter.
  • As a result, many details of daily life were preserved: wooden toothbrushes, leather shoes and fabric.
  • All you need is your imagination, creativity and positive energy-and your own fabric if you so desire.
  • It was rigged with a leather conveyor belt that kept the fabric moving as it was being sewn.
  • If you chose a jacket it will need, also, to be cut right and to be in an evening fabric.
  • The student-loan system has grown into an out-of-control monster tearing at the fabric of civil society.
  • All ideas that seek to become part of the moral fabric of a community must rely on some mixture of demonstration and faith.
British Dictionary definitions for fabric

fabric

/ˈfæbrɪk/
noun
1.
any cloth made from yarn or fibres by weaving, knitting, felting, etc
2.
the texture of a cloth
3.
a structure or framework: the fabric of society
4.
a style or method of construction
5.
(rare) a building
6.
the texture, arrangement, and orientation of the constituents of a rock
Word Origin
C15: from Latin fabrica workshop, from faber craftsman
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Word Origin and History for fabric
n.

late 15c., "building, thing made," from Middle French fabrique (14c.), from Latin fabrica "workshop," also "an art, trade; a skillful production, structure, fabric," from faber "artisan who works in hard materials," from PIE *dhabh- "to fit together." Sense in English evolved via "manufactured material" (1753) to "textile" (1791).

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