• WordNet 3.6
    • n fabric artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent","woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC","she measured off enough material for a dress"
    • n fabric the underlying structure "providing a factual framework for future research","it is part of the fabric of society"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Researchers have developed odourless socks. The sock fabric is made by attaching molecules that contain chlorine called halamines to textile fibers
    • Fabric Any system or structure consisting of connected parts; as, the fabric of the universe. "The whole vast fabric of society."
    • Fabric Cloth of any kind that is woven or knit from fibers, whether vegetable, animal, or synthetic; manufactured cloth; as, silks or other fabrics; made of a fabric that is 50% cotton and 50% polyester.
    • Fabric Framework; structure; edifice; building.
    • Fabric That which is fabricated
    • Fabric The act of constructing; construction. "Tithe was received by the bishop, . . . for the fabric of the churches for the poor."
    • Fabric The structure of anything; the manner in which the parts of a thing are united; workmanship; texture; make; as cloth of a beautiful fabric .
    • v. t Fabric To frame; to build; to construct. "Fabric their mansions."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The word "Denim" comes from the French phrase "serge de Nimes" which is a fabric made in a town located in southern France
    • n fabric A structure of any kind; anything composed of parts systematically joined or connected. Specifically— The structure or frame of a building; more generally, the building itself; an edifice, as a house, a temple, a bridge, etc.
    • n fabric A woven or felted cloth of any material or style of weaving; anything produced by weaving or interlacing: distinctively called textile fabric.
    • n fabric Any system of connected or interrelated parts: as, the universal fabric; the social fabric.
    • n fabric The structure of anything; the manner in which the parts of a thing are united; workmanship; texture; tissue.
    • n fabric The act of building.
    • fabric To build; construct; put into form.
    • n fabric In petrography, the pattern of a rock produced by the shape and arrangement of the crystalline or non-crystalline parts: distinguished from the granularity or size of the parte, and the crystallinity or degree of crystallization. (See quantitative classification of igneous rocks, under rock.)
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The kilt was invented by a English gentleman who came to Scotland to open a factory because he got tired of his Scottish workers showing up in a long tunic with a belt (they couldn't afford pants). Rather than raise wages so they could afford pants he invented the kilt which is just a lot of fabric and they could afford that. The kilt did not become a symbol of clan pride until the English banned the kilt in Scotland. Then it became part of national pride to wear the newly invented clan plaids.
    • n Fabric fab′rik or fā′brik workmanship: texture: anything framed by art and labour: building, esp. the construction and maintenance of a church, &c.: manufactured cloth: any system of connected parts
    • v.t Fabric (Milt.) to construct
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  • Walter Benjamin
    “Counsel woven into the fabric of real life is wisdom.”
  • Rebecca West
    “Most works of art, like most wines, ought to be consumed in the district of their fabrication.”
  • Simone Weil
    “Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached.”
  • Joseph Chilton Pearce
    Joseph Chilton Pearce
    “We live in a web of ideas, a fabric of our own making.”
  • Lord Byron
    “But I hate things all fiction... there should always be some foundation of fact for the most airy fabric -- and pure invention is but the talent of a liar.”
  • Daniel J. Boorstin
    “What preoccupies us, then, is not God as a fact of nature, but as a fabrication useful for a God-fearing society. God himself becomes not a power but an image.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. fabrica, fabric, workshop: cf. F. fabrique, fabric. See Forge


In literature:

Now, who is really the fabricator?
"Found in the Philippines" by Charles King
Yet something must be done, or the fabric must fall, for it certainly is tottering.
"Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3." by Benson J. Lossing
But Gertrude's skin still held the colours of her youth as some strong fabric holds its dye.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
And of inert matter itself, fabrication deals only with the solid; the rest escapes by its very fluidity.
"Creative Evolution" by Henri Bergson
Your fiction has added a good half to the sum, your fabrication is one and a half times the size of the original.
"The Apologia and Florida of Apuleius of Madaura" by Lucius Apuleius
Many of their fabrics had rare excellence in the eyes of the Spaniards.
"Ancient America, in Notes on American Archaeology" by John D. Baldwin
He was clad in a piebald dressing-gown which had been so patched with various materials that the original fabric was uncertain.
"At the Sign of the Jack O'Lantern" by Myrtle Reed
What does it matter whether I get short weight, adulterate substance, or dishonest fabric?
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
But charcoal is made by art, Mrs. B., and a body consisting of one simple substance cannot be fabricated?
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
Altitudo testudinis nove fabrice continet ab ara lxxxviij pedes.
"A Chronicle of London from 1089 to 1483" by Anonymous

In poetry:

He turned his aching eye to heaven,
And wearily wove on,
Till life's last faltering cast was given,
The fabric strange was done.
"The Weaver" by Emily Chubbuck Judson
With glory clad, with strength arrayed,
The Lord, that o’er all nature reigns,
The world’s foundations strongly laid,
And the vast fabric still sustains.
"With glory clad, with strength arrayed," by Nahum Tate and Nicholas Brady
Says I: 'If your Princesses
Could fabric pretty dresses,
Though from a throne they stem
I would think more of them.
Peeress and shopgirl are
To my mind on a par.'
"Jane" by Robert W Service
And well might Fancy deem thy fabrics lone,
So vast, so silent, and so wildly fair,
Some charmed abode of beings all unknown,
Powerful and viewless, children of the air.
"The Abencerrage : Canto I." by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
And now each work (while nature's fabric stands)
Loud for its wise and mighty Lord demands
A rent of praise, a loud and lofty song,
From every rational beholder's tongue.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. I." by Ralph Erskine
Shall then our youths, who Fame's bright fabric raise,
To life's precarious date confine their care?
O teach them you to spread the sacred base,
To plan a work through latest ages fair!
"Elegy II. On Posthumous Reputation - To a Friend" by William Shenstone

In news:

"The embroidering department might take off quicker than the fabric department," she said.
As with the other products and processes, encapsulated -wool fabrics have come to the attention of the US Army.
Presently, the army is beginning a large-scale test of a variety of encapsulated -wool fabrics, all ASI designed and supplied by contract to the Army.
These enclosures consist of an attractive diecast front bezel which locates onto the fabricated aluminum case body and rear panel assembly.
Metals Inc, Pittsburgh, a global supplier of advanced titanium mill products and fabricated components, has agreed to acquire Remmele Eng .
Leading Outdoor Industry Companies Introduce New Pieces Featuring Pertex® Equilibrium And Shield Fabrics For Spring 2013.
Structural and Miscellaneous Steel Fabricator located in Augusta, GA is seeking a full time Senior Estimator with 5-7 years experience, high school education minimum, college degree preferred.
Made from a quick-drying, lightweight nylon fabric, the shorts provide UPF 20-plus protection.
A new line of cashmere knits fuse form, fabric, and function.
Ubiquitous colored pens fill in for eyeliner , fabric dye, newborn ID.
Harbinger, a national sign fabrication company, has won a contract to fabricate and install double-faced LED-illuminated pylon signs for more than 600 7-Eleven locations in the United States.
Wal*nutt medicine cabinet in walnut, mirror, and plastic laminate by Think Fabricate , 718-797-1041.
Cabrera launches fake website to fabricate defense of positive drug test.
Cabrera associate attempted to fabricate defense.
Wall*nut solid-walnut cabinets with silkscreened bamboo-plywood door by Think Fabricate , 718-456-7218.

In science:

In this paper we present a solution to this problem that is based on an approach used in several recent papers to design one-dimensional random surfaces with specified scattering properties [4-6], and to fabricate them in the laboratory [5,7].
Design of one-dimensional Lambertian diffusers of light
We have modified the HPD design with an insulation scheme being fabricated which we believe will make the problem manageable.
Development of a Hybrid Photo-Diode and its Front-End Electronics for the BTEV Experiment
Prototypes have been fabricated and are undergoing testing.
Development of a Hybrid Photo-Diode and its Front-End Electronics for the BTEV Experiment
Fabrication and Results on Switching Fields.
Crossed-anisotropy films for magnetic tunnel junctions and magnetic memory applications
In conclusion, we have fabricated prototype modules for a DSSD system, which is a crucial element of the SCMT.
Gamma-ray Polarimetry