from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fine lustrous fiber composed mainly of fibroin and produced by certain insect larvae to form cocoons, especially the strong, elastic, fibrous secretion of silkworms used to make thread and fabric.
- n. Thread or fabric made from this fiber.
- n. A garment made from this fabric.
- n. The brightly colored identifying garments of a jockey or harness driver.
- n. A silky filamentous material, such as the webbing spun by certain spiders or the styles forming a tuft on an ear of corn.
- adj. Composed of or similar to the fiber or the fabric silk.
- intransitive v. To develop silk. Used of corn.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A fine fiber excreted by the silkworm or other arthropod (such as a spider).
- n. A fine, soft cloth woven from silk fibers.
- n. The gown worn by a Senior (i.e. Queen's/King's) Counsel
- n. a Senior (i.e. Queen's/King's) Counsel
- adj. Made of silk
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The fine, soft thread produced by various species of caterpillars in forming the cocoons within which the worm is inclosed during the pupa state, especially that produced by the larvæ of Bombyx mori.
- n. Hence, thread spun, or cloth woven, from the above-named material.
- n. That which resembles silk, as the filiform styles of the female flower of maize.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fine soft thread produced chiefly by the larvæ of various bombycid moths, especially of Bombyx (Sericaria) mori, known as silkworms, feeding on the leaves of the mulberry and several other trees. (See Bombyx and silkworm, and compare gut, 4.)
- n. A similar thread or fiber spun by various other insects, especially some spiders; a kind of cobweb or gossamer. Some such webs are lustrous, and may be reeled like true silk. See Nephila, and cut under silk-spider.
- n. Cloth made of silk; by extension, a garment made of such cloth.
- n. The mass of long filiform styles of the female flower of maize: so called from their resemblance in the unripe state to silk in fineness and softness.
- n. The silky down in the pod of the milkweed (hence also called silk-weed).
- n. The silkiness or silky luster often observed in the sapphire or ruby, due to the inclusion of microscopic crystals between the crystalline layers of the gem. The silk is visible only on what would be the pyramid faces of the crystals.
- Made of silk; silken: as, a silk dress; silk stockings.
- Silk-like; silky.
- A king's or queen's counsel.
- To be in course of earing: said of growing Indian corn.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a fabric made from the fine threads produced by certain insect larvae
- n. animal fibers produced by silkworms and other larvae that spin cocoons and by most spiders
As the Oxford statutes have recently been published, the matter is not so much in the dark, -- black silk being the material prescribed for the lining of hoods of Doctors in Divinity, and those of the doctors in the other faculties being prescribed to be of _silk of any intermediate colour_, which the Oxford doctors understand to mean a deep rose-colour.
_A cotton and silk umbrella_ means one umbrella partly cotton and partly silk; _cotton_ and _silk_ modify the same noun -- _umbrella_.
There are two kinds of silk (1) _raw silk_ (reeled silk, thrown silk, drawn silk), and (2) _waste silk_ or spun silk.
GRATTAN said of Hussey Burgh, who had been a great Liberal, but, on getting his silk gown, became a Ministerialist, that all men knew silk to be a non-conducting body, and that since the honorable member had been enveloped _in silk_, no spark of _patriotism_ had reached his heart.
They disclaim, however, all desire of employing compulsory measures for that purpose, but recommended every mode of encouragement, and particularly by augmented wages, "_in order to induce manufacturers of wrought silk to quit that branch and take to the winding of raw silk_."
Imperialis flava to be dressed in silk from the Flowery Land – that robe of imperial yellow which only General Gordon and the blood royal of
They transferred me to what they called the silk mill of the same company.
Therefore, in order to be fair to the buyer who purchases his material by weight, they have in all great silk centres what they call silk-conditioning houses, where they test the goods to find out how much water is in it.
_polytricum commune_, or great golden maidenhair, which they call silk - wood, and find plenty in the bogs.
Turns out silk is lovely and soft, and also quick-drying.