• A barefoot boy wearing ragged clothes
    A barefoot boy wearing ragged clothes
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cloth artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent","woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC","she measured off enough material for a dress"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Two girls looking thoughtful; one of them is sitting on a clothes trunk Two girls looking thoughtful; one of them is sitting on a clothes trunk
When the Goats Began to Chew The Clothes 375 When the Goats Began to Chew The Clothes 375
Waiting for Their Clothes to Dry 187 Waiting for Their Clothes to Dry 187
For everyday use the Jamestown settlers wore hardwearing clothes made of homespun cloth. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.) For everyday use the Jamestown settlers wore hardwearing clothes made of homespun cloth. (Conjectural sketch by...
Homespun clothes were seldom discarded. The many pins, needles, and thimbles found reveal that mending was a never-ending chore for the busy housewife Homespun clothes were seldom discarded. The many pins, needles, and thimbles found reveal that mending was a...
Spinning thread or yarn and weaving cloth were endless chores for the women living in the small wilderness settlement. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.) Spinning thread or yarn and weaving cloth were endless chores for the women living in the small wilderness...
Dining-Room Table and Cloth Dining-Room Table and Cloth

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Forty percent of Americans iron their clothes while wearing their underwear or being completely naked
    • Cloth A fabric made of fibrous material (or sometimes of wire, as in wire cloth); commonly, a woven fabric of cotton, woolen, or linen, adapted to be made into garments; specifically, woolen fabrics, as distinguished from all others.
    • Cloth The distinctive dress of any profession, especially of the clergy; hence, the clerical profession. "Appeals were made to the priesthood. Would they tamely permit so gross an insult to be offered to their cloth ?""The cloth , the clergy, are constituted for administering and for giving the best possible effect to . . . every axiom."
    • Cloth The dress; raiment. Obs See Clothes. "I'll ne'er distust my God for cloth and bread."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The sap of a banana plant leaves serious stains on hands and clothes that is extremely hard to remove
    • n cloth Pl. cloths (klôŦhz), in a particular sense clothes (see clothes).
    • n cloth A fabric or texture of wool or hair, or of cotton, flax, hemp, or other vegetable filaments, formed by weaving or intertexture of threads, and used for garments or other covering, and for various other purposes; specifically, in the trade, a fabric of wool, in contradistinction to one made of other material.
    • n cloth A piece of cloth used for a particular purpose, generally as a covering, or as the canvas for a painting: as, a table-cloth; an altar-cloth; to spread the cloth (that is, the table-cloth).
    • n cloth Dress; raiment; clothing; clothes. See clothes.
    • n cloth The customary garb of a trade or profession; a livery; specifically, the professional dress of a clergyman.
    • n cloth Hence The clerical office or profession; with the definite article (the cloth), the clergy collectively; clergymen as a class.
    • n cloth Texture; quality.
    • cloth Made or consisting of cloth, specifically of woolen cloth: as, a cloth coat or cap; cloth coverings.
    • cloth To make into cloth.
    • n cloth Nautical, a breadth of canvas; one of the breadths of canvas in a square or fore-and-aft sail: a general term in relation to the sails of a ship.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Annually 7 million tons of textiles and clothing is thrown out. Out of this, only 12% is used again or recycled
    • n Cloth kloth woven material from which garments or coverings are made: clothing: the usual dress of a trade or profession, esp. the clerical
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “She wore far too much rouge last night and not quite enough clothes. That is always a sign of despair in a woman.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.”
  • Sir Hardy Amies
    Sir Hardy Amies
    “The best-dressed woman is one whose clothes wouldn't look too strange in the country.”
  • Thomas Robert Dewar
    Thomas Robert Dewar
    “Judge not a man by his clothes, but by his wife's clothes.”
  • Thomas Fuller
    “Good clothes open all doors.”


Cloth ears - If you don't listen to people, they may suggest you have cloth ears.
Cut from the same cloth - If people are cut from the same cloth, they are very similar in terms of ideas, opinions, beliefs, etc.
Cut your coat according to your cloth - If you cut your coat according to your cloth, you only buy things that you have sufficient money to pay for.
Man of the cloth - A man of the cloth is a priest.
Whole cloth - (USA) If something is made out of whole cloth, it is a fabrication and not true.
Wolf in sheep's clothing - A wolf in sheep's clothing is something dangerous that looks quite safe and innocent.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. clath, cloth, AS. clāþ, cloth, garment; akin to D. kleed, Icel. klæði, Dan. klæde, cloth, Sw. kläde, G. kleid, garment, dress
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cláth, cloth; Ger. kleid, a garment.


In literature:

Large 8vo, cloth extra, gilt edges, 5/-; extra cloth, gilt, 2/6; cloth, extra gilt, 2/-.
"The Girls of St. Olave's" by Mabel Mackintosh
Stalwart men, in mud-stained, working clothes, bring up the body, the face covered with a cloth.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
His clothing appeared to indicate a penurious, grasping nature.
"Under Fire" by Frank A. Munsey
I had the clothes in my room, a good collection of pipes, and ten dollars of my last week's salary.
"One Way Out" by William Carleton
When applied to the neck a dry cloth should be placed outside to protect the pillow or the patient's clothing.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
Father Kyril and the altar cloth were only a dozen paces away, and now Daoud could see the brown bloodstains on the white cloth.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
I need to take these clothes off.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
One didn't put on one's clothes or one did put on one's clothes.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
But the clothing of the pale eyes was more comfortable, and easier to keep clean.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Put a thin cloth into an earthen pot, lay in the meat, cover the cloth over, and press it down.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton

In poetry:

A man in grey clothes
May come there also,
Lie all day there
In weak spring sunlight.
"Ode To Walt Whitman" by Stephen Vincent Benet
Wanton, willful & passive
Married to doubt
Clothed in great warring monuments
of glory
"Wilderness" by James Douglas Morrison
"Robin," said our king,
"Now pray I thee,
To sell me some of that cloth,
To me and my meyn-e."
"Robin Hood" by Henry Morley
When my mind weaves dreams
With threads of memories,
Then on that magic cloth will I emboss:
God! God! God!
"God! God! God!" by Paramahansa Yogananda
Five great cloudy columns rise,
To uphold the rolling skies:
Morning clothes with rainbow dyes
"Mosi-Oa-Tunya" by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel
To clothe the fiery thought
In simple words succeeds,
For still the craft of genius is
To mask a king in weeds.
"Quatrains" by Ralph Waldo Emerson

In news:

A man dressed in all black clothing was killed after he ran.
As soon as Nancy Duron saw the clothes her son was wearing, she knew exactly what Anthony Duron had planned for the evening.
Felting techniques from Cloth Paper Scissors.
But he is one audacious clothing salesman.
Clothe a Child is seeking such volunteers to help children in the Little Elm, Frisco and Prosper areas shop for new clothes at Kohl's for three Saturdays in October.
The volunteer-run program plans to provide 2,700 local children between kindergarten and eighth grade this year with new school clothes .
He arrived in business clothes , stripped down to his shoes, socks and sunglasses and ate a pasta salad.
"The ones who are nude are the ones who should keep their clothes on," he said.
TADASHI YANAI, FOUNDER OF THE GLOBAL clothing retailer Uniqlo, is on the other end of a videoconference screen.
The annual Payson Elks Lodge Clothe -a-Child Golf Tournament hosted a full field of 28 teams of four each, with players coming from throughout Arizona to help in the charity event which raises money to purchase clothing for children in need.
"The purpose of this project is to send needy children back to school with a brand new set of clothes ," said Executive Director Claudia Karges.
Those making a donation will be given the first name of a child, age, gender, and sizes for clothing .
The money clothes local children who might not have felt the pride of slipping on new clothes for the first day of school or the holidays if it were not for the program.
As he or she continues to grow, it's not unlikely to see clothing sizes increase every 6 to 12 months, and then annually once the child enters school.
Martin of Tours donates to Clothe -A-Child.

In science:

God sees also that their sets of clothes and shoes are identical in fashion and color and very simple: each of them has only one variant for warm weather and one variant for cold weather. He does not wonder: such parameters can be stipulated in Frankfurt.
Bell's theorem, entanglement, and common sense
Due to their low threshold and their ease of production, random lasers are expected to be used in many applications, such as coding of clothing and detection of dangerous materials .
Intrinsic fluctuations in random lasers
Improper clothing: When the very basic needs such as food and medical aid were under strain one cannot think of comfortable clothing for the disabled to comfort his / her disability. Thus clothes depending on the weather conditions cannot be provided by the caretakers to the dependent PWDs.
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)
Thus the hidden pattern of the state vector X gives one the information that poor economy implies; they cannot have proper health care, they suffer from poor nutrition and they have improper clothing.
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)
Next we study the on state of the node “improper clothing and poor nutrition i.e., the nodes 3 and 2 in the on state in the FCM component of the FCRM and D4 in the on state of the domain space from the FRM component of the FCR bimodel.
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)