frill

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n frill ornamental objects of no great value
    • n frill a strip of pleated material used as a decoration or a trim
    • n frill an external body part consisting of feathers or hair about the neck of a bird or other animal
    • n frill (paleontology) a bony plate that curves upward behind the skull of many ceratopsian dinosaurs
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Frill A border or edging secured at one edge and left free at the other, usually fluted or crimped like a very narrow flounce.
    • n Frill (Zoöl) A ruffing of a bird's feathers from cold.
    • Frill Something superfluous, such as an ornament, or an additional function on a device or in a system not essential to the basic operation. -- Commonly used in the phrase no frills, used adjectively to indicate a fully functional but economical device or service; as, an economical no-frills airline.
    • v. t Frill To provide or decorate with a frill or frills; to turn back. in crimped plaits; as, to frill a cap.
    • frill To shake or shiver as with cold; as, the hawk frills .
    • frill (Photog) To wrinkle; -- said of the gelatin film.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • frill To shiver with cold, as a hawk or other bird.
    • n frill A shivering with cold, as a bird; the ruffling of a bird's feathers when shivering with cold.
    • n frill A narrow ornamental bordering made of a strip of textile material, of which one edge is gathered and the other left loose, as in a narrow flounce; a ruffle.
    • n frill Hence Anything resembling such a border.
    • n frill Specifically.
    • n frill The projecting fringe of hair on the chest of some dogs, as the collie.
    • n frill Some fringing part or process of an animal, like a ruffle; a frilling: as, the genital frills of a hydrozoan.
    • n frill In hymenomycetous fungi, a superior annulus or ring; an annulus formed of tissue suspended from the apex of the stipe and free at other points, at first forming a membranous covering for the hymenium, but detached as the pileus expands; an armilla.
    • n frill In photography, the swelling and loosening of a gelatin film around the edges of a plate. See frill, verb
    • n frill An affectation of dress or of manner; an air: usually in the plural: as, he puts on too many frills.
    • frill To form into a frill; flute or plait: as, to frill a border in a dress.
    • frill To ornament with frills; as, to frill a child's garment.
    • frill To become frilled or ruffled. Specifically, in photography, said of the gelatin film of a dry plate when in course of the development, from too high temperature of the water or other cause, it rises from the glass in ruffles, which may be sufficiently extended to destroy the picture, or even to cause the entire film to slip from the plate.
    • n frill The shell of a kind of scallop.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Frill fril to ruffle, as a hawk its feathers, when shivering
    • v.t Frill to furnish with a frill
    • n Frill a ruffle: a ruffled or crimped edging of linen
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Quotations

  • William Zinsser
    William Zinsser
    “Clutter is the disease of American writing. We are a society strangling in unnecessary words, circular constructions, pompous frills and meaningless jargon.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. friller, fr. L. frigidulus, somewhat cold, dim. of frigidus, cold; akin to F. frileux, chilly

Usage

In literature:

We know little enough about fashion, and my grandfather's knee-breeches and frilled shirt were very smart in the Forties.
"The Story of Bawn" by Katharine Tynan
She had also her little rocking-chair and footstool frilled and cushioned with it.
"Madelon" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
The flames seemed to sweep up in a blue sheet toward the lace frills in the front of Mary's gown.
"Contrary Mary" by Temple Bailey
Sir Edmund gave the arm the faintest glance of appreciation before it retreated into lace frills within its brown sleeve.
"Great Possessions" by Mrs. Wilfrid Ward
A frill of fine cambric set off, whilst in whiteness it scarce rivalled, the shoulder and neck.
"The Wits and Beaux of Society" by Grace Wharton and Philip Wharton
These two great units of Austria proper and of Hungary have round them certain frills or edges.
"A General Sketch of the European War" by Hilaire Belloc
The assumption of a large and flashy pin stood in his frilled shirt-bosom.
"Tales of the Chesapeake" by George Alfred Townsend
When she reached Bolton House she was ushered into a beautiful parlor by a prim maid in a frilled cap and apron.
"An Alabaster Box" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Florence Morse Kingsley
She had removed the front-piece which she wore by day and her face showed large and rosy between the frills of her night cap.
"The Butterfly House" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Place frills on the bones of the cutlets.
"Good Things to Eat as Suggested by Rufus" by Rufus Estes
Pray who's going to buy her gowns, her hats, her petticoats, her laces and frills.
"Madame Flirt" by Charles E. Pearce
The colonel, swelling with wrath, seized a spoon, and deliberately dipping it into the gravy, dashed it over Dick's prominent shirt-frill.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume IV. (of X.)" by Various
Her sleeves have filmy frills of deep white lace executed with skill.
"Woman as Decoration" by Emily Burbank
Nothing might she wear but her plain black frock and white frill.
"The Late Miss Hollingford" by Rosa Mulholland
They are for wrist frills, are they not?
"Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle" by Clement K. Shorter
She wore a new frock, with frills.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 159, December 8, 1920" by Various
Besides, I was to see Miss Aikin about the change in the running on of my frills.
"Girlhood and Womanhood" by Sarah Tytler
A frill ending in spangles of the emerald is no better in the battle of life than a frill ending in spangles of the ruby.
"What is Darwinism?" by Charles Hodge
His eyes were so sweet under your frills, and his paws were so enchanting coming out of your sleeves.
"Terry" by Rosa Mulholland
No frills about Miss Hampton at all.
"Torchy, Private Sec." by Sewell Ford
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In poetry:

Frill at the neck
Then the flutings of their Ionian
Death-gowns.
Then two little feet.
He does not smile or smoke.
"Death & Co." by Sylvia Plath
The daisies grow so trig and tall,—
She always had a passion
For wearing frills around her neck
In just the daisies' fashion.
"Discontent" by Sarah Orne Jewett
"Not yet. I am but half awake,"
All drowsily the Primrose spake.
And fast the sleeping Daffodils
Had folded up their golden frills.
"The Witness" by Fay Inchfawn
"Dear robin," said this sad young flower,
"Perhaps you'd not mind trying
To find a nice white frill for me
Some day when you are flying."
"Discontent" by Sarah Orne Jewett
The state of basements, unadorned,
Of attics with no frills or curtains
Was tangible without pretence
And full of substance, weighty, certain.
"Change" by Boris Pasternak
Little daisies with snowy frills,
Courtly tulips and sweet jonquils,
Primrose and cowslip, friends well met
With white wood-sorrel and violet.
"The Champion" by Edith Nesbit

In news:

Natasha Khan gets groovy on no-frills funk version of tune.
Frill Seekers a lingerie event at Nordstrom stores will take place on Friday, October 19th, and Saturday, October 20th.
There were no gimmicks or frills in the Duke Blue Devils' version of midnight madness, Countdown to Craziness.
Booking holiday flights on a no-frills airline is like an obstacle course.
The No-Frills , Lamer Version Of Instagram.
Led by No-Frills Carriers, Airlines Improved Service in 2011.
No frills, just good food at Karam's in Yorkville.
Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2012 Review: No-Frills PC Protection.
Stop & Shop relaunches no-frills private label.
Stop & Shop, Guaranteed Value, private label, no-frills , supermarket chain, grocery retailer, Ahold USA.
Stores are no-frills affairs with bare concrete floors and open-rafter ceilings.
White River School Board told of no-frills budget.
It was a straight-forward, no-frills budget that White River School District Business Manager Mona Moan presented to the school board at its regular July 13 meeting.
Ronde Barber's contract has no frills.
REAL ESTATE- ON THE BLOCK- It's elementary: No-frills rancher delivers the basics.
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In science:

Our axiomatic differential geometry is an attempt to grasp the infinitesimal structure without fringes or frills.
Axiomatic Differential Geometry II-3
Solar-bound weakly interacting massive particles: a no-frills phenomenology.
Solar-bound weakly interacting massive particles: a no-frills phenomenology
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