fabric

[fab-rik]
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:
1475–85; (< Middle French fabrique) < Latin fabrica craft, especially metalworking or building, workshop. See forge1

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fabric (ˈfæbrɪk)
 
n
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
 
[C15: from Latin fabrica workshop, from faber craftsman]

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fabric
late 15c., "building, thing made," from M.Fr. fabrique, from L. fabrica "workshop," from faber "artisan who works in hard materials." Sense evolved via "manufactured material" (1753) to "textile" (1791).
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Example sentences
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.
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