silken

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj silken having a smooth, gleaming surface reflecting light "glossy auburn hair","satiny gardenia petals","sleek black fur","silken eyelashes","silky skin","a silklike fabric","slick seals and otters"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Silken Dressed in silk. "A . . . silken wanton."
    • Silken Fig.: Soft; delicate; tender; smooth; as, silken language. "Silken terms precise."
    • Silken Of or pertaining to silk; made of, or resembling, silk; as, silken cloth; a silken veil.
    • v. t Silken To render silken or silklike.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • silken Of, pertaining to, or consisting of silk.
    • silken Like silk; soft or lustrous; hence, delicate; tender; smooth.
    • silken Dressed in silk; hence, luxurious.
    • silken To make silky or like silk; render soft or lustrous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Silken made of silk: dressed in silk: resembling silk: soft: delicate
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. seolcen, seolocen,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. seolc—L. sericum—Gr. sērikon, neut. of adj. Sērikos, pertaining to the SēresSēr, a native of China.

Usage

In literature:

Dancing girls of old Thebes, and harem ladies in silken trousers and high-heeled red shoes.
"Brood of the Witch-Queen" by Sax Rohmer
Silken habiliments, 36, 145.
"The Witch-cult in Western Europe" by Margaret Alice Murray
Why, you should be preparing yourself a coat of mail, instead of embroidering a silken suit.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
Call down two or three angels to measure heaven and earth with a silken cord.
"A Survey of Russian Literature, with Selections" by Isabel Florence Hapgood
There, in the shelter of the fork, he spun himself a silken blanket, and in it he slept peacefully till April.
""Wee Tim'rous Beasties"" by Douglas English
When they awoke next morning and rose from their silken beds they were no longer children.
"The Golden Spears" by Edmund Leamy
Sometimes also these plaits are gracefully confined in a silken network.
"Life of Schamyl" by John Milton Mackie
Each revolt had ended in submission to the silken chains of her environment.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
It was very beautifully painted, and had elegant silken curtains.
"Rollo in Paris" by Jacob Abbott
She drew from a work-bag a purse she was knitting of silken thread, and worked as she watched the sleeping child.
"A Little Girl in Old Quebec" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Mrs. French took the large square pillows off the bed, and laid one of the silken spreads over the footboard.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
In a short time the opening made was closed over by a very thin silken web.
"Our Common Insects" by Alpheus Spring Packard
Malcolm saw the quick rise and fall of her bosom, saw the book clutched closer to her side beneath the filmy silken gown.
"The Book of All-Power" by Edgar Wallace
Silken hose were a rarity in those days, even for queens.
"The Story of Silk" by Sara Ware Bassett
Shaking his head groggily, Ben looked for the source of the silken voice.
"Daughters of Doom" by Herbert B. Livingston
She lay upon a huge bed, raised high above the floor, over the head of which was a faded yellow silken hanging.
"The Secret Witness" by George Gibbs
He kicked the door so viciously that its elastic, silken frame sagged inward under the impact of his foot.
"Loot of the Void" by Edwin K. Sloat
An arm, clothed in some silken material, encircled his throat.
"The Film of Fear" by Arnold Fredericks
This question was almost upon his lips, when a silken rustle made him hold his breath.
"The Old Countess; or, The Two Proposals" by Ann S. Stephens
The sun slanting through dirt covered windows, made color effects on her silken black hair.
"The Million-Dollar Suitcase" by Alice MacGowan
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In poetry:

For Sutna danced at morning,
And Sutna danced at eve;
Her dusky eyes half hidden
Behind her silken sleeve.
"In The Tents Of Akbar" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
On its silken folds, in letters
Traced with diamond bright,
Shall thy name, the foe of fetters,
Blaze in hues of light!
"N. P. Rogers" by Effie Afton
The silken trains go rustling,
The spur-clinks sound between,
The dark dwarfs blow and bow there
Small horn and violin.
"Translations And Adaptations From Heine" by Ezra Pound
In silken mist the tresses wind
And float about her, while my hands
With loving care each day unbind
The yellow strands.
"Her Hair" by Dollie Radford
And yet, with all these facts at hand,
How friends, solicitous are we,
Weaving with care the silken band
As though 'twas for eternity.
"Valedictory On Leaving San Francisco, California." by James Madison Bell
And what shall I find in the city that shall take
the place of these?
O I shall find my love there, and fall at her silken knees,
And for the moon her breast, and for the stars her eyes,
And under her shadowed hair the gardens of Paradise.
"In The City" by Richard Le Gallienne

In news:

Try a twist on this tangy, sweet dessert by using silken tofu and transforming it into a parfait.
One of the biggest stars of Cirque du Soleil's Quidam cannot fold into a pretzel while dangling from a silken rope or pivot through hoops while defying gravity.
Our silken puree is a particularly good side dish for lamb and also for roasted chicken.
L'eggs Hosiery has introduced Silken Mist Ultra Sheer with Run-Resistant technology.
L'eggs Hosiery, Silken Mist Ultra Sheer with Run-Resistant technology, sheers, hosiery, HandesBrands, Angela Hawkins, Run Resistant Ultra Sheer, Live More and Run Less, Phillip Bloch.
Now all the youth of England are on fire, And silken dalliance in the wardrobe lies.
L'eggs Hosiery, Silken Mist Ultra Sheer with Run-Resistant technology, sheers , hosiery, HandesBrands, Angela Hawkins, Run Resistant Ultra Sheer , Live More and Run Less, Phillip Bloch.
Cyd Charisse, 86, Silken Dancer of Movies, Dies.
INTERVIEWS Hear Jessie Ware's Silken ' Sweet Talk '.
INTERVIEWS Hear Jessie Ware's Silken 'Sweet Talk'.
Behold silken gravies of different shades and spicing intensities, from a harmless tikka masala to a blazing vindaloo.
Silken tofu adds staying power.
Two 12.3-ounce packages silken tofu, extra firm.
SONYA YENCER (Red Thread Promise): The name of the Red Thread Promise came from an ancient Chinese proverb that talks about a silken red thread of destiny that connects everybody.
Against the back curtain of the stage, empty save a couple of small platforms, a mysterious tree, represented by a rainbow of colored scarves, stretched its silken boughs.
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