|1.||a soft light woollen fabric with a slight nap, used for clothing|
|2.||(plural) trousers or other garments made of flannel|
|3.||See cotton flannel|
|4.||(Brit) US and Canadian equivalent: washcloth a small piece of cloth used to wash the face and hands; face cloth|
|5.||informal (Brit) indirect or evasive talk; deceiving flattery|
|—vb , -nels, -nelling, -nelled, -nels, -neling, -neled|
|6.||to cover or wrap with flannel|
|7.||to rub, clean, or polish with flannel|
|8.||informal (Brit) to talk evasively to; flatter in order to mislead|
|[C14: probably variant of flanen sackcloth, from Welsh gwlanen woollen fabric, from gwlân wool]|
fabric made in plain or twill weave, usually with carded yarns. It is napped, most often on both sides, the degree of napping ranging from slight to so heavy that the twill weave is obscured. Fibre composition and amount of napping are dependent on the intended use. Flannel is a relatively warm fabric, since still air is held in the fabric because of the napping. Addition of a man-made fibre to the blend increases the resistance to abrasion and hence may lengthen the life of the fabric. Furthermore, some of these blends help to prevent stretching, so that a better fit is maintained. Crease retention is improved with some blends such as acrylic fibre.
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