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silk

[silk]
noun
1.
the soft, lustrous fiber obtained as a filament from the cocoon of the silkworm.
2.
thread made from this fiber.
3.
cloth made from this fiber.
4.
a garment of this cloth.
5.
a gown of such material worn distinctively by a King's or Queen's Counsel at the English bar.
6.
silks, the blouse and peaked cap, considered together, worn by a jockey or sulky driver in a race.
7.
Informal. a parachute, especially one opened aloft.
8.
any fiber or filamentous matter resembling silk, as a filament produced by certain spiders, the thread of a mollusk, or the like.
9.
the hairlike styles on an ear of corn.
10.
British Informal.
a.
a King's or Queen's Counsel.
b.
any barrister of high rank.
adjective
11.
made of silk.
12.
resembling silk; silky.
13.
of or pertaining to silk.
verb (used without object)
14.
(of corn) to be in the course of developing silk.
Idioms
15.
hit the silk, Slang. to parachute from an aircraft; bail out.
16.
take silk, British. to become a Queen's or King's Counsel.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English (noun); Old English sioloc, seol(o)c (cognate with Old Norse silki), by uncertain transmission < Greek sērikón silk, noun use of neuter of sērikós silken, literally, Chinese, derivative of Sêres the Chinese (Russian shëlk, OPruss silkas (genitive) “silk” appear to be < Gmc); cf. seric-

silklike, adjective
half-silk, adjective
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silk (sɪlk)
 
n
1.  the very fine soft lustrous fibre produced by a silkworm to make its cocoon
2.  a.  thread or fabric made from this fibre
 b.  (as modifier): a silk dress
3.  a garment made of this
4.  a very fine fibre produced by a spider to build its web, nest, or cocoon
5.  the tuft of long fine styles on an ear of maize
6.  (Brit)
 a.  the gown worn by a Queen's (or King's) Counsel
 b.  informal a Queen's (or King's) Counsel
 c.  take silk to become a Queen's (or King's) Counsel
 
vb
7.  (US), (Canadian) (intr) (of maize) to develop long hairlike styles
 
[Old English sioluc; compare Old Norse silki, Greek sērikon, Korean sir; all ultimately from Chinese ssǔ silk]
 
'silklike
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

silk
O.E. sioloc, seoloc "silk," ultimately from an Asian word (cf. Chinese si "silk," Manchurian sirghe, Mongolian sirkek) borrowed into Gk. as serikos "silken," serikon "silk" (cf. Gk. Seres, a name for an oriental people from whom the Greeks got silk). The use of -l- instead of -r- in the Balto-Slavic
form of the word (cf. O.C.S. shelku, Lith. silkai) apparently passed into English via the Baltic trade and may reflect a Chinese dialectal form, or a Slavic alteration of the Gk. word. Also found in O.N. silki but not elsewhere in Gmc. Western cultivation began 552 C.E., when agents from Byzantium impersonating monks smuggled silkworms and mulberry leaves out of China. In ref to the "hair" of corn, c.1662, Amer.Eng. Silken is O.E. seolcen; silky is attested from 1611. Silkworm is O.E. seolcwyrm. Figurative use of silk-stocking (adj.) for "wealthy" is attested from 1798, Amer.Eng. Silk-screen is first attested 1930.
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Science Dictionary
silk   (sĭlk)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. A fiber produced by silkworms to form cocoons. Silk is strong, flexible, and fibrous, and is essentially a long continuous strand of protein. It is widely used to make thread and fabric.

  2. A substance similar to the silk of the silkworm but produced by other insect larvae or by spiders to spin webs.


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Slang Dictionary

silk definition


  1. n.
    a Caucasian. (Black.) : He told his mama that if she doesn't treat him better, he's gonna bring some silk home for dinner and let her see what the neighbors think.
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Bible Dictionary

Silk definition


Heb. demeshek, "damask," silk cloth manufactured at Damascus, Amos 3:12. A.V., "in the corner of a bed, and in Damascus in a couch;" R.V., "in the corner of a couch, and on the silken cushions of a bed" (marg., "in Damascus on a bed"). Heb. meshi, (Ezek. 16:10, 13, rendered "silk"). In Gen. 41:42 (marg. A.V.), Prov. 31:22 (R.V., "fine linen"), the word "silk" ought to be "fine linen." Silk was common in New Testament times (Rev. 18:12).

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