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twill

[twil] /twɪl/
noun
1.
a fabric constructed in twill weave.
2.
a garment, as a suit or trousers, of this fabric.
verb (used with object)
4.
to weave in the manner of a twill.
5.
to weave in twill construction.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; north and Scots variant of twilly (noun), Middle English twyle, Old English twilī(c), half translation, half adoption of Latin bilīc- (stem of bilīx) having double thread. See twi-
Related forms
untwilled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for un-twilled

twill

/twɪl/
adjective
1.
(in textiles) of or designating a weave in which the weft yarns are worked around two or more warp yarns to produce an effect of parallel diagonal lines or ribs
noun
2.
any fabric so woven
verb
3.
(transitive) to weave in this fashion
Word Origin
Old English twilic having a double thread; related to Old High German zwilīth twill, Latin bilīx two-threaded
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Word Origin and History for un-twilled

twill

n.

"cloth woven in parallel diagonal lines," early 14c., Scottish and northern English variant of Middle English twile, from Old English twili "woven with double thread, twilled," formed on model of Latin bilix "with a double thread" (with Old English twi- substituted for cognate Latin bi-), from Latin licium "thread," of uncertain origin.

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