Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A coverlet or blanket made of two layers of fabric with a layer of cotton, wool, feathers, or down in between, all stitched firmly together, usually in a decorative crisscross design.
  • n. A thick protective cover similar to or suggestive of a quilt.
  • transitive v. To make into a quilt by stitching (layers of fabric) together.
  • transitive v. To construct like a quilt: quilt a skirt.
  • transitive v. To pad and stitch ornamentally.
  • intransitive v. To make a quilt.
  • intransitive v. To do quilted work.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bed covering consisting of two layers of fabric stitched together, with insulation between, often having a decorative design.
  • v. To construct a quilt.
  • v. To construct something, such as clothing, using the same technique.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Anything that is quilted; esp., a quilted bed cover, or a skirt worn by women; any cover or garment made by putting wool, cotton, etc., between two cloths and stitching them together; also, any outer bed cover.
  • transitive v. To stitch or sew together at frequent intervals, in order to confine in place the several layers of cloth and wadding of which a garment, comforter, etc., may be made.
  • transitive v. To wad, as a garment, with warm soft material.
  • transitive v. To stitch or sew in lines or patterns.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A mattress or flock-bed.
  • n. A cover or coverlet made by stitching together two thicknesses of a fabric with some soft substance between them; any thick or warm coverlet: as, a patchwork quilt.
  • n. A quilted petticoat.
  • To stuff or interline in the manner of a quilt; supply with stuffing.
  • To stitch together, as two pieces of cloth, usually with some soft substance between: as, to quilt a petticoat; in general, to stitch together: said of anything of which there are at least three layers or thicknesses, the stitching often taking an ornamental character, the lines crossing one another or arranged in curves, volutes, etc.
  • To pass through a fabric backward and forward at minute intervals, as a needle and thread in the process of making a quilt.
  • n. In building, a coarse, rough fabric used as a wall-lining in wooden houses.
  • To beat; thrash; ‘lam.’
  • To swallow; swallow (something).
  • n. The point in the throat where swallowing begins.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. stitch or sew together
  • v. create by stitching together
  • n. bedding made of two layers of cloth filled with stuffing and stitched together

Etymologies

Middle English quilte, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin culcita, mattress.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • quilt = gullibility?

    August 7, 2012

  • "In building, a coarse, rough fabric used as a wall-lining in wooden houses.
    To beat; thrash; ‘lam.’
    To swallow; swallow (something).
    The point in the throat where swallowing begins."

    --Cent. Dict.

    August 6, 2012