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[teks-tahyl, -til] /ˈtɛks taɪl, -tɪl/
any cloth or goods produced by weaving, knitting, or felting.
a material, as a fiber or yarn, used in or suitable for weaving:
Glass can be used as a textile.
woven or capable of being woven:
textile fabrics.
of or relating to weaving.
of or relating to textiles or the production of textiles:
the textile industry.
Origin of textile
1520-30; < Latin textilis woven, textile (noun use of neuter) woven fabric, equivalent to text(us), past participle of texere to weave + -ilis, -ile -ile Unabridged
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  • Intentional lumps and unevenness and tangled textile fibers give the fabric a heathered look with lots of texture.
  • US textile manufacturers are exploring an innovative way of making clothing, furniture upholstery, and other products from corn.
  • Many were highly skilled machine operators in the textile industry.
  • textile and paint manufacturers are looking for eco-friendly ways to create brilliant colors.
  • Instead, use a special washing product sold by textile restorers or museum suppliers.
  • Widely renowned, highly respected and well loved by all in the textile industry.
  • It is home to an annual fiddlers' convention and, less happily, a huddle of textile and furniture factories.
  • Those machine-smashing textile workers were reacting to immediate threats, such as losing their jobs.
  • Can be easily thwarted by a well-thrown textile or shoe.
  • Fashion will go wired as technologies and tastes converge to revolutionize the textile industry.
British Dictionary definitions for textile


any fabric or cloth, esp woven
raw material suitable to be made into cloth; fibre or yarn
a non-nudist, as described by nudists; one who wears clothes
of or relating to fabrics or the making of fabrics
Word Origin
C17: from Latin textilis woven, from texere to weave
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Word Origin and History for textile

1620s, from Latin textilis "woven, fabric, cloth," noun use of textilis "woven," from texere "to weave," from PIE root *tek- "to make" (see texture).

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