damask

Definitions

  • Gallica.  RED DAMASK
    Gallica. RED DAMASK
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj damask having a woven pattern "damask table linens"
    • n damask a fabric of linen or cotton or silk or wool with a reversible pattern woven into it
    • n damask a table linen made from linen with a damask pattern
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Climbing Damask. MRS. O. G. ORPEN Climbing Damask. MRS. O. G. ORPEN

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Damask A deep pink or rose color.
    • Damask A heavy woolen or worsted stuff with a pattern woven in the same way as the linen damask; -- made for furniture covering and hangings.
    • Damask Damask or Damascus steel; also, the peculiar markings or “water” of such steel.
    • Damask Damask silk; silk woven with an elaborate pattern of flowers and the like. "A bed of ancient damask ."
    • Damask Having the color of the damask rose. "But let concealment, like a worm i' the bud,
      Feed on her damask cheek."
    • Damask Linen so woven that a pattern in produced by the different directions of the thread, without contrast of color.
    • Damask Pertaining to, or originating at, the city of Damascus; resembling the products or manufactures of Damascus.
    • v. t Damask To decorate in a way peculiar to Damascus or attributed to Damascus; particularly: with flowers and rich designs, as silk; with inlaid lines of gold, etc., or with a peculiar marking or “water,” as metal. See Damaskeen. "Mingled metal damasked o'er with gold.""On the soft, downy bank, damasked with flowers."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n damask A textile fabric woven in elaborate patterns. A rich fabric of coarse silk threads woven in figures of many colors: a manufacture which has been long established in Syria, and has frequently been imitated in Europe.
    • n damask A pink color like that of the damask rose; a highly luminous crimson red reduced in chroma, and not appearing to incline to either orange or purple.
    • n damask Same as damaskeening, 2.
    • n damask Wavy lines shown on metal, formed by damaskeening.
    • damask Woven with figures, like damask: used of textile fabrics, usually linen: as, damask table-cloths. See I., 1.
    • damask Of a pink color like that of the damask rose.
    • damask Of, pertaining to, or originating in Damascus: as, the damask plum, rose, steel, violet: see below.
    • damask To ornament (a metal) with flowers or patterns on the surface, especially by the application of another metal. See damaskeen.
    • damask To variegate; diversify.
    • damask To deface or destroy by tamping or marking: as, to damask seditious books.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Damask dam′ask figured stuff, originally of silk, now of linen, cotton, or wool, the figure being woven, not printed
    • v.t Damask to flower or variegate, as cloth
    • adj Damask of a red colour, like that of a damask rose
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From the city Damascus, L. Damascus, Gr. Damasko`s, Heb. Dammesq, Ar. Daemeshq,; cf. Heb. d'meseq, damask; cf. It. damasco, Sp. damasco, F. damas,. Cf. Damascene DamassÉ

Usage

In literature:

There were four damask-looms in the Carnegie house, worked by the family and apprentices.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
But the red carnations on the snow-white damask did somehow "touch the whole thing up," as he confided later to his brother.
"Flamsted quarries" by Mary E. Waller
Pittsburgh manufactured damask table linen in 1828.
"History of the United States, Volume 3 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
At the windows were heavy red damask curtains, lined with yellow brocade.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
They are more extensively used in the manufacture of damask and table-covers than for any other class of goods.
"Textiles" by William H. Dooley
They were made of damask, needlework, velvet or cloth.
"Customs and Fashions in Old New England" by Alice Morse Earle
A good rosewood chair, upholstered in damask.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
The foundation of these panels is of beautiful blue damask having applied designs cut from yellow satin.
"Quilts" by Marie D. Webster
He is attired in crimson hose and doublet of black damask.
"New Italian sketches" by John Addington Symonds
They dipped their pretty hands in perfumed water and dried them on the finest and whitest damask, while machinery did the coarse work.
"Mizora: A Prophecy" by Mary E. Bradley
I never saw such damask as this.
"Margaret Montfort" by Laura E. Richards
The petals of the damask rose are pressed between layers of cloth saturated with lard.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
I wept at the sight, thinking of my own damask rose so far away.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 108, October, 1866" by Various
One of the rooms above was nearly filled by a very large bed hung with damask curtains trimmed with heavy ball fringe.
"Jack" by Alphonse Daudet
Instinctively I glanced at the bed, made a quick step past her, and drew the damask curtain.
"The Reckoning" by Robert W. Chambers
He had flung off his coat and the sleeves of a shirt of damask silk were rolled to the elbow.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
Serenissimus and the Landhofmeisterin were together in the famous yellow damask room of the Jaegerhaus.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
A piece of crimson damask excited the most vivid admiration from all the assembled natives.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
There was a plentiful supply of table-linen in cloths and napkins of various qualities, the diaper linen (damask) being the best.
"Domestic Life in Virginia in the Seventeenth Century" by Annie Lash Jester
His letters display his solicitous love of jewels, velvets, and embroidered damasks.
"Raleigh" by Edmund Gosse
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In poetry:

On ZORIETTO'S snowy breast
A ruby cross was heaving;
So the pale snow-drop faintly glows,
When shelter'd by the damask rose,
Their beauties interweaving!
"Golfre, Gothic Swiss Tale" by Mary Darby Robinson
Delight of dawn with dewy gleam
On damask rose;
Crimson and gold as pennons stream
Where sunset flows;
And sight most nigh to paradise,
Star-studded skies.
"Sacrifice" by Robert W Service
"As heaven's high twins, whereof in Tyrian blue
The one revolveth: through his course immense
Might love his fellow of the damask hue,
For like, and difference.
"Honours -- Part I" by Jean Ingelow
There seats, which beauty once enthroned,
In tattered damask stand;
In gray neglect a faun extends
A mutilated hand;
And silence makes the festal board
Mute as the stringless harpsichord.
"Villa Pliniana" by John Lawson Stoddard
Child, lover, sire,--yea, all things loved below,--
Fair pictures damasked on a vapor's fold,--
Fade like the roseate flush, the golden glow,
When the bright curtain of the day is rolled.
"Homesick In Heaven" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
And my belovèd lifted up her face,
And moved her lips as if about to speak;
She dropped her lashes with a girlish grace,
And the rich damask mantled in her cheek: I stood awaiting till she should deny
Her love, or with sweet laughter put it by.
"The Four Bridges" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

Print & Damask Window Panels.
Cuddledown Damask Stripe Synthetic Comforter Level 1 Item #1924.
Paul Edwards, Zoe Sullivan Standing: Rachel Visocan, Paul Cooper in The Damask Cheek.
The company is known for handling opulent silks and damasks, which means they can certainly tackle your couch from, say, Crate and Barrel.
This damask glass mimics elaborate silk fabrics, mixing gold and aqua for multi-dimensional richness.
Cardstock: (white) Neenah Paper Clear stamps: (damask from Noel set) Teresa Collins Designs.
Think of damask silk, decades old.
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