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gauze

[gawz] /gɔz/
noun
1.
any thin and often transparent fabric made from any fiber in a plain or leno weave.
2.
a surgical dressing of loosely woven cotton.
3.
any material made of an open, meshlike weave, as of wire.
4.
a thin haze.
Origin of gauze
1555-1565
1555-65; < French gaze < ?
Related forms
gauzelike, adjective
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  • Slowly he related his story while his mother bent over her needle, spangling with brilliants a gauze of azure hue.

    Carl and the Cotton Gin Sara Ware Bassett
  • Let her go as Ariel, all gauze, flesh-tints, and natural curves.

  • The amphitheatre bent above the parquette its garland of diamonds, hair, gauze, and satin.

    The Red Lily, Complete Anatole France
  • She hailed the happy thought and invested in countless yards of gauze.

  • A trifle of gauze traveled over one shoulder, leaving the other bare save for a supporting strap of tiny scarlet beads.

    The Nest Builder Beatrice Forbes-Robertson Hale
  • There was further, in the wonderful box, an old remnant of gauze.

    Sue, A Little Heroine L. T. Meade
  • His head had emerged slowly, month by month, from swathings of gauze.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
British Dictionary definitions for gauze

gauze

/ɡɔːz/
noun
1.
  1. a transparent cloth of loose plain or leno weave
  2. (as modifier): a gauze veil
2.
a surgical dressing of muslin or similar material
3.
any thin openwork material, such as wire
4.
a fine mist or haze
Word Origin
C16: from French gaze, perhaps from Gaza, where it was believed to originate
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Word Origin and History for gauze
n.

1560s, gais, from French gaze, conjectured to be from Arabic gazz "raw silk" [Barnhart], or from Gaza, Palestinian city associated with production of this fabric [Klein, Du Cagne].

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gauze in Medicine

gauze (gôz)
n.
A bleached, woven cotton cloth, used for dressings, bandages, and absorbent sponges.

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