moire

[mwahr, mawr, mohr]
noun
any moiré fabric.

Origin:
1650–60; < French < English mohair

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moiré

[mwah-rey, mawr-ey, mohr-ey; French mwa-rey]
adjective
1.
(of silks and other fabrics) presenting a watery or wavelike appearance.
noun
2.
a design pressed on silk, rayon, etc., by engraved rollers.
3.
any silk, rayon, etc., fabric with a watery or wavelike appearance.
4.
Printing. an interference pattern of dots appearing in the print of process color.

Origin:
1810–20; < French; see moire, -ee

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moire (mwɑː)
 
n
a fabric, usually silk, having a watered effect
 
[C17: from French, earlier mouaire, from mohair]

moiré (ˈmwɑːreɪ)
 
adj
1.  having a watered or wavelike pattern
 
n
2.  such a pattern, impressed on fabrics by means of engraved rollers
3.  any fabric having such a pattern; moire
4.  Also: moiré pattern a pattern seen when two geometrical patterns, such as grids, are visually superimposed
 
[C17: from French, from moiremohair]

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moire
"watered silk," 1660, from Fr.; see mohair. As an adj., moiré "having the appearance of watered silk," it is attested from 1823.
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Encase elegant textiles between two sheets of plastic and the result is moire effects, translucency and subtle patterns.
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