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toweling

[tou-uh-ling, tou-ling] /ˈtaʊ ə lɪŋ, ˈtaʊ lɪŋ/
noun
1.
a narrow fabric of cotton or linen, in plain, twill, or huck weave, used for hand towels or dishtowels.
Also, especially British, towelling.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; towel + -ing1

towel

[tou-uh l, toul] /ˈtaʊ əl, taʊl/
noun
1.
an absorbent cloth or paper for wiping and drying something wet, as one for the hands, face, or body after washing or bathing.
verb (used with object), toweled, toweling or (especially British) towelled, towelling.
2.
to wipe or dry with a towel.
Idioms
3.
throw in the towel, Informal. to concede defeat; give up; yield:
He vowed he would never throw in the towel.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English (noun) < Old French toaille cloth for washing or wiping < West Germanic *thwahliō (> Old High German dwahilla, akin to dwahal bath); cognate with Gothic thwahl, thwēal washing
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Examples from the web for toweling
  • For salad greens, whirl in a salad spinner or pat dry in paper toweling.
  • Following these screeds or plates, the concrete is given a final mechanical toweling, usually by a pan float.
  • These can be removed by soaking frequently in warm water and toweling briskly to remove dead skin.
  • Disposable toweling should be used to clean all environmental surfaces when blood is present.
  • Countertops and other surfaces should be cleaned with disposable toweling and appropriate cleaning agent.
  • Apply a generous amount and reapply after swimming, toweling dry, or perspiring.
  • Cover the work surface with disposable, absorbent toweling.
  • If there is actual standing water in your bin, absorb it with a sponge or paper toweling until the extra water is removed.
British Dictionary definitions for toweling

towel

/ˈtaʊəl/
noun
1.
a square or rectangular piece of absorbent cloth or paper used for drying the body
2.
a similar piece of cloth used for drying plates, cutlery, etc
3.
throw in the towel, See throw in (sense 4)
verb (transitive) -els, -elling, -elled (US) -els, -eling, -eled
4.
to dry or wipe with a towel
5.
(Austral, slang) often foll by up. to assault or beat (a person)
Word Origin
C13: from Old French toaille, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German dwahal bath, Old Saxon twahila towel, Gothic thwahan to wash
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Word Origin and History for toweling

towel

n.

late 13c., from Old French toaille (12c.), from Frankish *thwahlja, from Proto-Germanic *thwakhlijon (cf. Old Saxon thwahila, Middle Dutch dwale "towel," Dutch dwaal "altar cloth," Old High German dwehila "towel," German dialectal Zwehle "napkin"); related to German zwagen, Old English þwean "to wash." Spanish toalla, Italian tovaglia are Germanic loan-words.

v.

1836, from towel (n.). Related: Towelled; towelling.

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Slang definitions & phrases for toweling

towel

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throw in the towel


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