• WordNet 3.6
    • n silks the brightly colored garments of a jockey; emblematic of the stable
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  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “Patience is power; with time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.”
  • Philip Dormer Stanhope
    Philip Dormer Stanhope
    “Few men are of one plain, decided color; most are mixed, shaded or blended; and vary as much from different situations, as changeable silks do from different lights.”


You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear - If something isn't very good to start with, you can't do much to improve it.


In literature:

Indeed, his clothing was very costly, and some of his dresses were of silk.
"Arts and Crafts in the Middle Ages" by Julia De Wolf Addison
And tyed about their wrists with ribands of silke, tagged with Gouldsmithes woorke.
"Hypnerotomachia" by Francesco Colonna
The shelves were full of dry goods, socks, shirts, silks, belts, fur caps, coats, and trousers.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
The caddice larva makes its house of silk and sand and also lines it with a beautiful covering of fine silk.
"The Insect Folk" by Margaret Warner Morley
On either side were standards of purple silk, having a sun with gold rays in the centre.
"The Tiger of Mysore" by G. A. Henty
But it can be carded, and if the Chinese can make excellent silk goods from it, why cannot we?
"Scientific American, Volume XXIV., No. 12, March 18, 1871" by Various
The wonderful party, all silks and satins, and gleaming with jewels, swept like a peacock's tail behind her.
"The Firelight Fairy Book" by Henry Beston
The minute it was announced that we should move the silk, they were after us.
"Golden Stories" by Various
As Grace closed her door, she heard Kate Danton's silk dress rustle upstairs.
"Kate Danton, or, Captain Danton's Daughters" by May Agnes Fleming
The waist is made of blue silk, and trimmed with silver paper and spangles.
"Home Pastimes; or Tableaux Vivants" by James H. Head

In poetry:

Across the sulphur-colored sands
With bales of silk the camels fare,
Harnessed with vermeil and with vair,
Into the blue and burning lands.
"Beyond the Great Wall" by Clark Ashton Smith
Faintest odours around them straying,
Suddenly straying
In chambers dim;
Whispering silks in order swaying,
Glimmering gems on shoulders slim:
"Gavotte" by Sir Henry Newbolt
Treasure the touches of my fingers.
God did not waste His whitest web
On veils of silk or moons of milk,
But on a marriage cap, from you to me.
"Comparisons" by Edward Powys Mathers
How still again! no water stirs;
No wind is heard; although the weeds
Are waved a little; and from silk-filled burrs
Drift by a few soft seeds.
"The Willow Bottom" by Madison Julius Cawein
Ah, poor Louise! In woody wold
She met a huntsman fair and bold;
His baldric was of silk and gold,
And many a witching tale he told
To poor Louise.
"The Lay of Poor Louise" by Sir Walter Scott
Quick to a whistled call
Hearkens his ready ear,
Scarcely waiting to hear;
Silk locks, white feet, all
Rush, like a furry elf
Tumbling over himself.
"Tony" by Clara Doty Bates

In news:

First album from quirky L.A.-based label 100% Silk.
If a baby spits up strained carrots on your favorite silk dress.
High-end area rug supplier and retailer The Rug Company is producing a collection of hand-made wool and wool and silk rugs from Nepal using archival designs by Diane von Furstenberg.
Used a slow shutter speed to capture the silk like water.
Moonwalk (rail) holds off Kitten's Point (white silks, left) to win the Jessamine Stakes.
Photograph by George Silk, Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images (Pennsylvania, 1970).
TV's fashion maven wears a one of a kind couture bridal ballgown down the aisle, with bridesmaids in custom blush silk chiffon.
Sharon Silke Carty, AP Auto Writer.
Patent #: 6,720,471Inventor(s): Silke Arndt, Bruno Johannes Ehrnsperger, Mattias Schmidt, Gary Dean Lavon and Frank NeumannCompany: The Procter & Gamble CompanyFiled: 1998-04-28Issued: 2004-03-30Description.
Patent #: 6,720,471Inventor(s): Silke Arndt, Bruno Johannes Ehrnsperger, Mattias Schmidt, Gary Dean Lavon and Frank Neumann,Company: The Procter & Gamble CompanyFiled: 1998-04-28Issued: 2004-03-30Description.
Thanks to all who entered, and shared their imaginings of the Silk Road. coats your strands with soy and silk proteins to protect your style from rainstorms and humid air.
Dinner with a view awaits at Silks , the upscale restaurant of Remington Park.
The show also brought Thai silk to the New York stage for the first time.
Fans may have their pictures taken with the silks .

In science:

Indeed, it has been suggested that AGN jets may have played a key role in the formation of some of the first stars and galaxies in the universe, through jet-induced star formation (Klamer et al. 2004; Silk 2005; Elbaz et al. 2009; Elbaz 2010).
Very High Angular Resolution Science with the Square Kilometre Array
Silk, “Par ticle dark matter : Evidence, candidates and constraints,” Phys.
Proceedings of the first workshop on Flavor Symmetries and consequences in Accelerators and Cosmology (FLASY2011)
Matthias L¨owe, Franz Merkl, and Silke Rolles.
Moderate deviations for random field Curie-Weiss models
Apart from viscous dissipation, the stability of accretion processes can, moreover, be affected by radiative processes, turbulence (M ´esz ´aros 1975; M ´esz ´aros & Silk 1977; Ray & B hattacharjee 2005) and magnetohydrodynamics (Balbus & Hawley 1998).
Implications of nonlinearity for spherically symmetric accretion
In order to fully exploit small scale CMB data to constrain physics which produce CMB contributions which are not erased by the Silk damping, it is necessary to model carefully the residual foreground contamination to the angular power spectrum.
Constraints on a Stochastic Background of Primordial Magnetic Fields with WMAP and South Pole Telescope data