tuft

[tuhft]
noun
1.
a bunch or cluster of small, usually soft and flexible parts, as feathers or hairs, attached or fixed closely together at the base and loose at the upper ends.
2.
a cluster of short, fluffy threads, used to decorate cloth, as for a bedspread, robe, bath mat, or window curtain.
3.
a cluster of cut threads, used as a decorative finish attached to the tying or holding threads of mattresses, quilts, upholstery, etc.
4.
a covered or finished button designed for similar use.
5.
a cluster of short-stalked flowers, leaves, etc., growing from a common point.
6.
a small clump of bushes, trees, etc.
7.
a gold tassel on the cap formerly worn at English universities by titled undergraduates.
8.
a titled undergraduateat an English university.
verb (used with object)
9.
to furnish or decorate with a tuft or tufts.
10.
to arrange in a tuft or tufts.
11.
Upholstery. to draw together (a cushion or the like) by passing a thread through at regular intervals, the depressions thus produced being usually ornamented with tufts or buttons.
verb (used without object)
12.
to form into or grow in a tuft or tufts.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English, variant of toft(e) < Middle French tofe, toffe < ?; E parasitic t as in graft1

tufter, noun
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tuft (tʌft)
 
n
1.  a bunch of feathers, grass, hair, etc, held together at the base
2.  a cluster of threads drawn tightly through upholstery, a mattress, a quilt, etc, to secure and strengthen the padding
3.  a small clump of trees or bushes
4.  (formerly) a gold tassel on the cap worn by titled undergraduates at English universities
5.  a person entitled to wear such a tassel
 
vb
6.  (tr) to provide or decorate with a tuft or tufts
7.  to form or be formed into tufts
8.  to secure and strengthen (a mattress, quilt, etc) with tufts
 
[C14: perhaps from Old French tufe, of Germanic origin; compare top1]
 
'tufter
 
n
 
'tufty
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

tuft
late 14c., perhaps from O.Fr. touffe "tuft of hair," either from L.L. tufa "a kind of crest on a helmet" (also found in Late Gk. toupha), or from a Gmc. source (cf. O.H.G. zopf, O.N. toppr "tuft, summit," see top (1)).
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
TUFT
transuterine fallopian transfer
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Example sentences for tuft
The underparts are generally lighter and the tail tuft is black.
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