velvet

Definitions

  • Miss Velvet-Purr sings a song, which is much admired
    Miss Velvet-Purr sings a song, which is much admired
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj velvet resembling velvet in having a smooth soft surface
    • adj velvet smooth and soft to sight or hearing or touch or taste
    • n velvet a silky densely piled fabric with a plain back
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Against Army regulations, George Armstrong Custer often wore a blue velvet uniform.
    • Velvet A silk fabric, having a short, close nap of erect threads. Inferior qualities are made with a silk pile on a cotton or linen back, or with other soft fibers such as nylon, acetate, or rayon.
    • a Velvet Made of velvet; soft and delicate, like velvet; velvety. "The cowslip's velvet head."
    • Velvet Something likened to velvet{1} in being soft or luxurious; as, a lawn of velvet .
    • Velvet The soft and highly vascular deciduous skin which envelops and nourishes the antlers of deer during their rapid growth.
    • v. t Velvet To make like, or cover with, velvet.
    • v. i Velvet To pain velvet.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n velvet A closely woven silk stuff having a very thick and short pile on one side, which is formed by carrying part of the warp-thread over a needle, and cutting the loops afterward. Inferior kinds are made with a cotton back (see velveret), and are commonly called cotton-backed velvets. Cotton velvets are also made. (See cotton, and also velveteen.) These imitations and inferior qualities are so common that real velvet is commonly called silk velvet or Lyons velvet to distinguish it from them.
    • n velvet The covering of a growing antler, consisting of the modified periosteum peculiar to antlers, with cuticle and fur. It bears the same relation to the nutrition of the antler that periosteum does to that of bone. Its sloughing or exuviation follows the constriction and final obliteration of its vessels—a process which is accomplished or favored by the growth of the bur about the base of the antler, which cuts off or obstructs the circulation of blood. The antler subsequently receives no nourishment, and is itself shortly afterward exuviated or cast as a foreign body.
    • n velvet Money gained through gambling: as, to play on velvet (that is, to gamble with money previously won). [Slang.]
    • velvet Made of velvet.
    • velvet Soft and smooth to the touch; resembling velvet in this respect.
    • velvet Very soft and smooth to the taste: as, old velvet Bourbon.
    • velvet To produce velvet-painting.
    • velvet To cover with velvet; cause to resemble velvet.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Velvet vel′vet a cloth made from silk, with a close shaggy pile: a similar cloth made of cotton: the velvet-like covering of a growing antler:
    • adj Velvet made of velvet: soft like velvet
    • n Velvet vel′vet (slang) money gained by gambling
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Quotations

  • Raymond Chandler
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    “Such is the brutalization of commercial ethics in this country that no one can feel anything more delicate than the velvet touch of a soft buck.”
  • John Weitz
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    “When a woman dresses up for an occasion, the man should become the black velvet pillow for the jewel.”
  • Charles V
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    “Iron hand in a velvet glove.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
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    “A throne is only a bench covered with velvet.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
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    “I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”

Idioms

Velvet glove - This idiom is used to describe a person who appears gentle, but is determined and inflexible underneath. ('Iron fist in a velvet glove' is the full form.)
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. velouette, veluet, velwet,; cf. OF. velluau, LL. velluetum, vellutum, It. velluto, Sp. velludo,; all fr. (assumed) LL. villutus, shaggy, fr L. villus, shaggy hair; akin to vellus, a fleece, and E. wool,. See Wool, and cf. Villous
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From Low L. velluetum—Low L. villutus—L. villus, shaggy hair.

Usage

In literature:

Two rows of pearls and turquoise finished the sleeves at the wrist; they were of brown velvet, like the skirt.
"The White Rose of Langley" by Emily Sarah Holt
The women cook and learn to dress deerskins until they are like velvet.
"A Little Girl in Old Quebec" by Amanda Millie Douglas
The mother's velvet hand he saw at once.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
A patchwork made by the application of bits of leather to velvet was extensively used in some European countries during the Middle Ages.
"Quilts" by Marie D. Webster
A cape of gray velvet hung from his shoulders.
"Viking Tales" by Jennie Hall
It is from this quaint old term that our modern word velvet is derived.
"The Story of Silk" by Sara Ware Bassett
And I'll buy you some velvet pants, and a vest and a hat.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
She wore, when she skated, a short, black velvet skirt, white fox furs, and a white fur cap.
"The Dark Tower" by Phyllis Bottome
The girl had put on a picturesque brown velvet frock.
"Vixen, Volume I." by M. E. Braddon
She wound her arms about his arched neck, and kissed his velvet nose.
"Vixen, Volume II." by M. E. Braddon
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In poetry:

A lady dwelt in that rich town,
The fairest in all the land;
She walked abroad in a velvet gown,
With many rings on her hand.
"The Proud Lady" by Henry Van Dyke
The grass-grown streets were all forlorn,
The town in ruin stood,
The lady's velvet gown was torn,
Her rings were sold for food.
"The Proud Lady" by Henry Van Dyke
Together we trod the secret lane
And walked the muttering town.
I wore my heart like a wet, red stain
On the breast of a velvet gown.
"A Well-Worn Story" by Dorothy Parker
I vowed, as I rowed on the velvet blue
through the night and the starry splendour
to woo and sue a maiden I knew
till she bent to my pleading tender.
"Stars In The Sea" by Roderic Quinn
He has gotten a coat of the even cloth,
And a pair of shoes of velvet green,
And till seven years were gane and past
True Thomas on earth was never seen.
"Thomas The Rhymer" by Anonymous British
The velvet page, the deep-eyed knight,
The heartless falcon, poised for flight,
The dainty steed and graceful hound,
In thee their keenest rapture found.
"Looking Backward" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop

In news:

Velvet aka Talia Madison is a former TNA Women's Knockout Champion and TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champion with her former Beautiful People partners Madison Rayne and Lacey Von Erich.
Patti Smith (11) Battles Lou Reed And The Velvet Underground (3) For Downtown Supremacy.
From crushed velvet to knee-highs, shop the strongest styles of the season at every price.
Of the velvet-lined offering plates passed down the pews on Sunday, the last one was the smallest and the most nearly empty.
2009: Sam Moore's Club Velvet.
Jonathan RichmanProducer: John CaleReleased: Oct.'76, BeserkleyDid not chart Boston native Richman was obsessed with the Velvet Underground.
D&G velvet blazer, vest and pants, $2,025.
Velvet Underground versus Andy Warhol fruit suit pushes on.
Though few people listened to the Velvet Underground when they were making records in the 1960s, it's said that those who did went off and started bands of their own.
The soulful, velvet voice of Cincinnatian Jonell.
Tasting panel to help find Champagne Velvet's 'million-dollar flavor .
It was called Club Velvet.
Velvet Riggins mugshot photo from her arrest earlier this month.
Cusumano wore a black velvet dress.
Velvet Underground, Anti- Hippies .
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In science:

For instance, readers can easily identify that grouping the two following sentences is an unsuitable choice and could be misleading. “Miss Taylor’s health problems started with a fal l from a horse when she was 13 and filming the movie National Velvet.
Inferring Strategies for Sentence Ordering in Multidocument News Summarization
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