1 [woof, woof]

before 900; Middle English oof, owf, Old English ōwef, āwef (compare gewef), equivalent to ō-, ā- a-3 + wef (akin to web); modern w- from weft, warp, weave, etc.

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2 [woof]
(used to imitate the bark of a dog).
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woof1 (wuːf)
1.  the crosswise yarns that fill the warp yarns in weaving; weft
2.  a woven fabric or its texture
[Old English ōwef, from ō-, perhaps from on, + wefweb (see weave); modern form influenced by warp]

woof2 (wʊf)
1.  an imitation of the bark or growl of a dog
2.  (intr) (of dogs) to bark or growl

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Word Origin & History

"weft, texture, fabric," O.E. owef, from o- "on" + wefan "to weave." With excrescent -w- by influence of warp or weft.

dog bark noise, first recorded 1804, echoic. Woofer "loudspeaker for bass notes" first attested 1935.
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in woven fabrics, the widthwise, or horizontal, yarns carried over and under the warp, or lengthwise, yarns and running from selvage to selvage. Filling yarns are generally made with less twist than are warp yarns because they are subjected to less strain in the weaving process and therefore require less strength

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Example sentences
Crosswise woof threads were interwoven with warp threads on a loom.
The texture of the prose is a warp of sensory impressions woven into woof of poetical abstraction.
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