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wool

[woo l] /wʊl/
noun
1.
the fine, soft, curly hair that forms the fleece of sheep and certain other animals, characterized by minute, overlapping surface scales that give it its felting property.
2.
fabrics and garments of such wool.
3.
yarn made of such wool.
4.
any of various substances used commercially as substitutes for the wool of sheep or other animals.
5.
any of certain vegetable fibers, as cotton or flax, used as wool, especially after preparation by special process (vegetable wool)
6.
any finely fibrous or filamentous matter suggestive of the wool of sheep:
glass wool; steel wool.
7.
any coating of short, fine hairs or hairlike processes, as on a caterpillar or a plant; pubescence.
8.
Informal. the human hair, especially when short, thick, and crisp.
Idioms
9.
all wool and a yard wide, genuine; excellent; sincere:
He was a real friend, all wool and a yard wide.
10.
dyed in the wool, inveterate; confirmed:
a dyed in the wool sinner.
11.
pull the wool over someone's eyes, to deceive or delude someone:
The boy thought that by hiding the broken dish he could pull the wool over his mother's eyes.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English wolle, Old English wull(e), cognate with Dutch wol, German Wolle, Old Norse ull, Gothic wulla; akin to Latin lāna, Sanskrit ūrṇā, Welsh gwlân wool, Latin vellus fleece, Greek oúlos woolly
Related forms
woollike, adjective
nonwool, adjective
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Examples for wool
  • It was not especially good with wool, either, because that fabric's natural oil caused the rubber cement to deteriorate.
  • They also blend cashmere with almost anything else-yak or camel hair, merino wool, even nylon.
  • Made of merino wool, arguably the finest performance material ever.
  • He doesn't want anyone pulling the wool over the eyes of guys who are serious about their celeb collections.
  • One can you leave alone and one can you cover with a wool blanket.
  • It is dear bought butter that is licked off a wool comb.
  • These cloaks throughout the whole island be all of one colour, and that is the natural colour of the wool.
  • Fold two opposite corners of a piece of cotton and wool flannel three-fourths yard long.
  • The rams of the flock were well nurtured and thick of fleece, great and goodly, with wool dark as the violet.
  • The amount of wool covering each might take perhaps a half hour to use up.
British Dictionary definitions for wool

wool

/wʊl/
noun
1.
the outer coat of sheep, yaks, etc, which consists of short curly hairs
2.
yarn spun from the coat of sheep, etc, used in weaving, knitting, etc
3.
  1. cloth or a garment made from this yarn
  2. (as modifier) a wool dress
4.
any of certain fibrous materials glass wool, steel wool
5.
(informal) short thick curly hair
6.
a tangled mass of soft fine hairs that occurs in certain plants
7.
dyed in the wool, confirmed in one's beliefs or opinions
8.
pull the wool over someone's eyes, to deceive or delude someone
Derived Forms
wool-like, adjective
Word Origin
Old English wull; related to Old Frisian, Middle Dutch wulle, Old High German wolla (German Wolle), Old Norse ull, Latin lāna and vellus fleece
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Word Origin and History for wool
wool
O.E. wull, from P.Gmc. *wulno (cf. O.N. ull, O.Fris. wolle, M.Du. wolle, Du. wol, O.H.G. wolla, Ger. wolle, Goth. wulla), from PIE *wlna (cf. Skt. urna; Avestan varena; Gk. lenos "wool;" L. lana "wool," vellus "fleece;" O.C.S. vluna, Rus. vulna, Lith. vilna "wool;" M.Ir. olann, Welsh gwlan "wool"). Woolen (British woollen) is O.E. wullen. Fig. expression pull the wool over (someone's) eyes is recorded from 1839, Amer.Eng.
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Slang definitions & phrases for wool
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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wool in Technology

Window Object Oriented Language. A small Common Lisp-like extension language. It claims to be the fastest interpreted language in C with run-time types. Colas Nahaboo colas@sophia.inria.fr. Version 1 is used as the kernel language of the GWM window manager. Version 2 has an object system.
(ftp://export.lcs.mit.edu/contrib/gwm).
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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wool in the Bible

one of the first material used for making woven cloth (Lev. 13:47, 48, 52, 59; 19:19). The first-fruit of wool was to be offered to the priests (Deut. 18:4). The law prohibiting the wearing of a garment "of divers sorts, as of woollen and linen together" (Deut. 22:11) may, like some other laws of a similar character, have been intended to express symbolically the separateness and simplicity of God's covenant people. The wool of Damascus, famous for its whiteness, was of great repute in the Tyrian market (Ezek. 27:18).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with wool
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