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braiding

[brey-ding] /ˈbreɪ dɪŋ/
noun
1.
braids collectively.
2.
braided work.
Origin of braiding
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English. See braid, -ing1

braid

[breyd] /breɪd/
verb (used with object)
1.
to weave together strips or strands of; plait:
to braid the hair.
2.
to form by such weaving:
to braid a rope.
3.
to bind or confine (the hair) with a band, ribbon, etc.
4.
to trim with braid, as a garment.
noun
5.
a braided length or plait, especially of hair.
6.
a hair style formed by interweaving three or more strands of hair.
7.
a narrow, ropelike band formed by plaiting or weaving together several strands of silk, cotton, or other material, used as trimming for garments, drapery, etc.
8.
a band, ribbon, etc., for binding or confining the hair.
Origin
before 950; Middle English braiden, breiden (v.), Old English bregdan to move quickly, move to and fro, weave; cognate with Old Norse bregtha, Dutch breien
Related forms
braider, noun
well-braided, adjective
Can be confused
braid, brayed.
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  • He leaned over, found his three spears of grass, and went on braiding.

    Anne Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • Mrs. Rushton was braiding straw when Robert entered with his berries.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • Buttons are made by braiding yarn and sewing it in the form of buttons.

    Spool Knitting Mary A. McCormack
  • Brown braiding on a tailor-made jacket does not, however, consort with hay-wagons.

    American Notes Rudyard Kipling
  • Slowly and with some hesitation he got to Nanna in her little stone hut, braiding her straw and nursing her crippled baby.

    Prisoners of Conscience Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • Some of them were wonderful specimens of braiding and twist.

    Being a Boy Charles Dudley Warner
  • She had made the sweetmeat herself, and had earned the money to buy a half-dozen tumblers, by braiding rugs for Mrs. Parshley.

    Narcissa, or the Road to Rome Laura E. Richards
British Dictionary definitions for braiding

braiding

/ˈbreɪdɪŋ/
noun
1.
braids collectively
2.
work done in braid
3.
a piece of braid

braid1

/breɪd/
verb (transitive)
1.
to interweave several strands of (hair, thread, etc); plait
2.
to make by such weaving: to braid a rope
3.
to dress or bind (the hair) with a ribbon, etc
4.
to decorate with an ornamental trim or border: to braid a skirt
noun
5.
a length of hair, fabric, etc, that has been braided; plait
6.
narrow ornamental tape of woven silk, wool, etc
Derived Forms
braider, noun
Word Origin
Old English bregdan to move suddenly, weave together; compare Old Norse bregtha, Old High German brettan to draw a sword

braid2

/bred; breɪd/
adjective
1.
broad
adverb
2.
broadly; frankly
Word Origin
Scot variant of broad
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Word Origin and History for braiding

braid

v.

"to plait, knit, weave, twist together," c.1200, breidan, from Old English bregdan "to move quickly, pull, shake, swing, throw (in wrestling), draw (a sword); bend, weave, knit, join together; change color, vary; scheme, feign, pretend" (class III strong verb, past tense brægd, past participle brogden), from Proto-Germanic *bregthan "make sudden jerky movements from side to side" (cf. Old Norse bregða "to brandish, turn about, braid;" Old Saxon bregdan "to weave;" Dutch breien "to knit;" Old High German brettan "to draw, weave, braid"), from PIE root *bherek- "to gleam, flash" (cf. Sanskrit bhrasate "flames, blazes, shines"). In English the verb survives only in the narrow definition of "plait hair." Related: Braided; braiding.

n.

in part from stem found in Old English gebrægd "craft, fraud," gebregd "commotion," Old Norse bragð "deed, trick," and in part from or influenced by related braid (v.). Earliest senses are "a deceit, stratagem, trick" (c.1200), "sudden or quick movement" (c.1300); meaning "anything plaited or entwined" (especially hair) is from 1520s.

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Slang definitions & phrases for braiding

braid

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gold braid

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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