• WordNet 3.6
    • n embroidery decorative needlework
    • n embroidery elaboration of an interpretation by the use of decorative (sometimes fictitious) detail "the mystery has been heightened by many embellishments in subsequent retellings"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Embroidery Diversified ornaments, especially by contrasted figures and colors; variegated decoration. "Fields in spring's embroidery are dressed.""A mere rhetorical embroidery of phrases."
    • Embroidery Needlework used to enrich textile fabrics, leather, etc.; also, the art of embroidering.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n embroidery The art of working with the needle raised and ornamental designs in threads of silk, cotton, gold, silver, or other material, upon any woven fabric, leather, paper, etc. Embroidery has been used in all ages for the decoration of hangings and garments used for statues of divinities or in religious ceremonials; but its use in ordinary dress was especially developed during the middle ages in Europe, when garments entirely ornamented with the needle were worn by those who could afford them, and heraldry offered an opportunity for embroidery upon the surcoats and tabards of men-at-arms. The nations of Persia and the extreme East are the greatest masters of embroidery in modern times. The example most familiar to the West is the India shawl, for which see cashmere and chudder.
    • n embroidery A design produced or worked according to this art.
    • n embroidery Variegated or diversified ornamentation, especially by the contrasts of figures and colors; ornamental decoration.
    • n embroidery In heraldry, a hill or mount with several copings or rises and falls.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Embroidery the art of producing ornamental patterns by means of needlework on textile fabrics, &c.: ornamental needlework: variegation or diversity: artificial ornaments
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  • R. Buckminster Fuller
    “Tombs are the clothes of the dead and a grave is a plain suit; while an expensive monument is one with embroidery.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. embrouderie—O. Fr. embroder, em, and broder, prob. Celt., acc. to Skeat. Bret. brouda, to pierce; confused with Fr. border, to border.


In literature:

So early the next morning he dressed himself in his fine Sunday shirt with its blue and red embroidery.
"The Laughing Prince" by Parker Fillmore
And the Toad God sprawled in hideous embroideries across the white folds of her breast.
"The Door Through Space" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
White tunic trimmed with red figured cloth to simulate oriental embroidery.
"The White Christmas and other Merry Christmas Plays" by Walter Ben Hare
How much of this tale of yours is embroidery?
"Chapters from My Autobiography" by Mark Twain
Left alone, Mademoiselle de Bromsart finished the all but completed piece of embroidery in her lap.
"The Beach of Dreams" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
Silk of different kinds is largely employed, since it makes a suitable ground for many kinds of embroidery.
"Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving" by Grace Christie
The embroidery of letters upon lacework is costly; and we saw single letters which had required a week's work.
"Young Americans Abroad" by Various
It is executed, either on a backing of oil-cloth, or in an embroidery frame, called "tambour-frame".
"Encyclopedia of Needlework" by Thérèse de Dillmont
I say, Fanny," she added suddenly, "can you do embroidery?
"A Hungarian Nabob" by Maurus Jókai
The furniture followed the universal fashion of horse-hair, mahogany, and wool embroidery.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett

In poetry:

Within the cell the filmy ferns
To woo the clear wave bent;
And cushioned mosses to the stone
Their quaint embroidery lent.
"Trehill Well" by Charles Kingsley
Let us dance, my mirror of
Perfect passion won to peace,
Let us dance, my treasure trove,
On the marble terraces
Carven in pallid embroideries
For the vestal veil of Love.
"Lyric of Love to Leah" by Aleister Crowley
(RIBERA, absorbed in his work, makes no reply; she puts by her
embroidery, goes toward him and kisses him gently. He starts,
looks up at her, and returns her caress).
"The Spagnoletto. Act I" by Emma Lazarus
The studio of the Spagnoletto. RIBERA at work before his canvas.
MARIA seated some distance behind him; a piece of embroidery is
in her hands, but she glances up from it incessantly toward her
father with impatient movements.
"The Spagnoletto. Act I" by Emma Lazarus

In news:

From Jailbird To Embroidery Artist.
WASHINGTON — In Abilities' new screen printing and embroidery shop on East Washington Avenue, Mary McLennan presses black ink with the words "Lady Tigers" on a white T-shirt.
The Brother Quattro 6700D is a $10,000 Rolls Royce of sewing and embroidery.
Dee Campbell of Accent Embroidery (sharing the building with Prime Time).
A boho-chic woman with long gray hair casually inquired of me as we wandered through "Pricked," the Museum of Arts and Design's survey of 48 artists whose radical needlework is upending traditional notions of embroidery.
And it's not just stitched embroidery these days.
Women selling traditional Turkmen embroidery.
Sierra Westcott of Hartford shows off her freehand embroidery done as part of her classes at Kathy Peters sewing business in Canton.
The newest HUSQVARNA VIKING® sewing and embroidery machine also boasts several convenient time-saving features, such as.
Stacy Cole recently purchased the embroidery division at creation engravings and embroidery.
Cole says she wasn't planning on going into business for her self and didn't have experience in embroidery but had been looking for a new job and adventure and decided this was it.
There is no one singular Asian mien — it is a continent after all — but designers mined the mainstays of traditional garb, from heavy use of black to ornate embroidery, dragon detail and gilded accents, to rich fall-ready results.
Today we are announcing the winner of two packages of metallic embroidery thread from Sublime stitching.
She said he had no idea the embroidery would take over two years to complete.
Tablecloths edged in lace or elaborate embroidery hark to an earlier era—the company's linens were used on the Titanic.

In science:

We have termed these interfaces embroideries.
Transversal interface dynamics of a front connecting a stripe pattern to a uniform state
We term these periodical structures at the interface embroidery.
Transversal interface dynamics of a front connecting a stripe pattern to a uniform state
The embroidery size is proportional to the longitudinal interface size.
Transversal interface dynamics of a front connecting a stripe pattern to a uniform state
The embroideries are consequence of two facts: the spatial isotropy and the interaction of enveloped variation with the underlying pattern (pinning effect).
Transversal interface dynamics of a front connecting a stripe pattern to a uniform state
Numerically, we observe that in a finite region of parameters the embroidery interface is linearly stable, i.e. this interface with a small initial perturbation evolves to the interface without perturbations.
Transversal interface dynamics of a front connecting a stripe pattern to a uniform state