Definition of

Fabric

  1. (noun, artifact) artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers
    woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC
    she measured off enough material for a dress
  2. (noun, attribute) the underlying structure
    it is part of the fabric of society

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Synonyms of Fabric

cloth, framework, material, textile

Alternate forms of Fabric

Hyponyms: aba, acrylic, aertex, alpaca, bagging, baize, basket weave, batik, batiste, belting, bombazine, boucle, broadcloth, brocade, buckram, bunting, calico, cambric, camel's hair, camelhair, camlet, camo, camouflage, canopy, canton flannel, canvas, canvass, cashmere, cerecloth, challis, chambray, chenille, chiffon, chino, chintz, coating, cobweb, cord, corduroy, cotton, cotton flannel, crape, crepe, cretonne, crinoline, damask, denim, diamante, diaper, dimity, doeskin, drapery, duck, duffel, duffle, dungaree, durable press, elastic, etamin, etamine, faille, felt, fiber, fibre, flannel, flannelette, fleece, foulard, frieze, fustian, gabardine, georgette, gingham, grogram, grosgrain, hair, haircloth, herringbone, homespun, hopsack, hopsacking, horsehair, imitation leather, jaconet, jacquard, jean, khaddar, khadi, khaki, knit, lace, lame, leatherette, linen, linsey-woolsey, lint, lisle, macintosh, mackinaw, mackintosh, madras, marseille, mesh, meshing, meshwork, metallic, mohair, moire, moleskin, monk's cloth, moquette, moreen, motley, mousseline de sole, muslin, nankeen, net, network, ninon, nylon, oilcloth, olive drab, organza, paisley, panting, pepper-and-salt, percale, permanent press, piece of cloth, piece of material, pilot cloth, pina cloth, pinstripe, pique, plaid, plush, polyester, pongee, poplin, print, quilting, rayon, rep, repp, sackcloth, sacking, sailcloth, samite, sateen, satin, satinet, satinette, screening, scrim, seersucker, serge, shag, shantung, sharkskin, sheeting, shirting, shirttail, silesia, silk, spandex, sponge cloth, stammel, suede, suede cloth, suiting, swan's down, taffeta, tammy, tapa, tapestry, tapis, tappa, tartan, terry, terry cloth, terrycloth, ticking, toweling, towelling, trousering, tweed, twill, upholstery material, velcro, velour, velours, velvet, velveteen, vicuna, viyella, voile, vulcanized fiber, wash-and-wear, watered-silk, waterproof, web, webbing, whipcord, wincey, wire cloth, wool, woolen, woollen, worsted, yoke

Hypernyms: artefact, artifact, structure

Origin of the word Fabric

  1. late 15c., "building, thing made," from M.Fr. fabrique, from L. fabrica "workshop," from faber "artisan who works in hard materials." Sense evolved via "manufactured material" (1753) to "textile" (1791). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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