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1) [textile] A textile composed of interlocking fibers or filaments. A fabric can be made by weaving, knitting or felting fibers. The fibers may be natural (Wool, Cotton, Silk, etc.), synthetic (nylon, acetate, polyethylene, etc.) or inorganic (glass, Asbestos, graphite, etc.). See Cloth.

2) The composition and structure of an object or building.

3) [geology] Spatial arrangement and geometrical relationships of the rock elements, as observed in hand specimen or by optical microscope.

Synonyms and Related Terms

1) cloth; textile; tela (Esp.); tejido (Esp.); stof, weefsel, materiaal (Ned);

3) fábrica (Port.)

Resources and Citations

  • José Delgado Rodrigues, LNEC, Submitted information, 2009.
  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Dictionary of Fiber & Textile Technology (older version called Man-made Fiber and Textile Dictionary, 1965), Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Charlotte NC, 1990
  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • Fairchild's Dictionary of Textiles, Phyllis G.Tortora, Robert S. Merkel (eds.), Fairchild Publications, New York City, 7th edition, 1996
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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