towelling

Definitions

  • Towel Rack
    Towel Rack
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n towelling any of various fabrics (linen or cotton) used to make towels
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Rocking-Chair, Towel Rack, and Chair Rocking-Chair, Towel Rack, and Chair
puppies tugging towel puppies tugging towel

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Bromide, Oklahoma it is illegal for children to use towels as capes and jump from houses pretending to be superman.
    • Towelling cloth for towels: a thrashing
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Idioms

Throw in the towel - If you throw in the towel, you admit that you are defeated or cannot do something.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. touaille—Old High Ger. twahilla (Ger. zwehle)—Old High Ger. twahan, to wash.

Usage

In literature:

Rub briskly, and dry with towels, or by throwing over the body a dry sheet and then rubbing him.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
All clothing, bed sheeting, table linen, towels, etc.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
When I take the reins of office next week, I'll put away quite half of these towels.
"Polly" by L. T. Meade
I brought towels and soap and conducted her to the brook.
"In Search of the Unknown" by Robert W. Chambers
She carried a towel and tin basin of water.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
Fanny Foster had found time to run down to Jessup's and buy the bride a first-class tablecloth and some towels.
"Green Valley" by Katharine Reynolds
Make ready a mirror, a lamp, a basin of water, a towel and soap.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
Bubbles dropped the dish towel she was dousing up and down in the water.
"A Sweet Little Maid" by Amy E. Blanchard
In many cases a dry Turkish bath towel will answer the purpose splendidly.
"Vitality Supreme" by Bernarr Macfadden
Nine years ago individual towels were supplied to children in certain schools.
"Health Work in the Public Schools" by Leonard P. Ayres and May Ayres
She'll hang out a towel in a minute.
"Dixie Hart" by Will N. Harben
The disease is carried to the eyes by polluted fingers or towels.
"Herself" by E. B. Lowry
O'Iwa raised the towel from her face.
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville
Turning to find the towel, close by him he saw a woman.
"Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)" by James S. De Benneville
Each boy grabbed his own towel and wiped the sweat off his own face.
"In Happy Valley" by John Fox
Phelps wiped my wet face with a towel, loaded another hypo and let me have it in the shoulder.
"Highways in Hiding" by George Oliver Smith
If the towels are soiled, clean ones should be supplied.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Science in Rural Schools" by Ministry of Education Ontario
Here, Last Time reached out and took the mite of soap and the meagre towel out of Lem's hands.
"The Red Debt" by Everett MacDonald
Even if Mollie had had money, it is doubtful if she would have spent it for towels.
"The Cinder Pond" by Carroll Watson Rankin
Thoroughly alarmed, he ordered some water to be brought, and rubbed his eyes with a towel.
"The Mantle and Other Stories" by Nicholas Gogol
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In poetry:

Cravats like towels, thick and broad,
Long tippets made of bear-skin,
Muffs that a RUSSIAN might applaud,
And rouge to spoil a fair skin.
"Female Fashions for 1799" by Mary Darby Robinson
Warm water's running, there's a bath by and by!
Here is a towel, now get yourself dry!
The meat's on the oven, and you will be fed!
There where I lie, there is your bed.)
"Ode [Óda]" by Attila Jozsef
In a dirty old house lived a Dirty Old Man;
Soap, towels, or brushes were not in his plan.
For forty long years, as the neighbors declared,
His house never once had been cleaned or repaired.
"The Dirty Old Man" by William Allingham
Lobbin Clout.
As once I play'd at Blindman's-Buff, it hapt
About my eyes the towel thick was wrapt.
I miss'd the swains, and seiz'd on Blouzelind;
True speaks that ancient proverb, Love is blind.
"The Shepherd's Week : Monday; or the Squabble" by John Gay
Then he took the King into the barn,
Saying, "I hope, sir, you've met with no great harm;
And for five men to attack you, it's a disgrace;
But stay, I'll fetch a towel and water to wash your face."
"An Adventure in the Life of King James V of Scotland" by William Topaz McGonagall
Then the King said, "John, I give you Braehead farm as it stands,
On condition you provide a towel and basin of water to wash my hands,
If ever I chance to come your way.
Then John said, "Thanks to your Majesty, I'll willingly obey."
"An Adventure in the Life of King James V of Scotland" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Transfer the apricots to paper towels to drain.
Squeeze dry with paper towel.
A man with a towel came out on his way to go swimming and was asked the same question.
CHICAGO — People are more likely to reuse hotel towels if they know other guests are doing it, too, according a new study published in this month's Journal of Consumer Research.
FURminator's new wearable dog towel: Does it hold water .
And the towel wraps help dogs with dry skin.
Rinse and dry with soft towel.
"I've come here to try and win and I won't throw the towel in before the tournament finishes," he said.
Expert haircuts and traditional hot-towel shaves are available starting at 6:30 am at this classic neighborhood barbershop, which dates to the thirties.
Jets and Eagles fans throw in the towel and Kenyan children like Larry Bird.
North Carolina News No school vouchers bill this year: Advocates throw in the towel.
Don't Throw in the Towel.
Refusing to throw in towel, prosecutors take another stab at death row inmate.
Reusable cotton shop towels have been an accepted mainstay in many industries.but non-woven wipers are clearly a better option.
Six new beds, companion towels and a new scented candle program highlight the Lauren Ralph Lauren Home collection for fall 2008.
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In science:

G. G., Towell and J. W., Shavlik, “Extracting refined rules from knowledge-based system neural networks,” Machine Learning, vol. 13, 1993, pp. 71-101. L. Fu, “Rule learning by searching on adapted nets,” Proceedings of the Ninth National Conference on Artificial Intelligence, The MIT Press, Menlo Park, CA, 1991, pp.
RGANN: An Efficient Algorithm to Extract Rules from ANNs
Grandmother Farmer used to make braided rugs from old skirts and petticoats from old dish towels, and we sincerely hope that you are well enough paid that you don’t have to do either.
Astrophysics in 2006
It is here that we choose to throw in the towel and switch to a coarser notion of intersection, denoted by (cid:117)∗ .
Julia: A Fast Dynamic Language for Technical Computing
Towell, to be published in the proceedings of the Workshop on DIS, Chicago, April 1997. 26.
The Structure of Hadrons
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