gauze

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n gauze a net of transparent fabric with a loose open weave
    • n gauze (medicine) bleached cotton cloth of plain weave used for bandages and dressings
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Crews, using solvent-dipped sterile gauze pads, eventually freed her legs, hands and extremities. She refused to be taken to the hospital.
    • n Gauze A very thin, slight, transparent stuff, generally of silk; also, any fabric resembling silk gauze; as, wire gauze; cotton gauze.
    • a Gauze Having the qualities of gauze; thin; light; as, gauze merino underclothing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gauze A very thin, slight, transparent stuff made of silk, silk and cotton, or silk and hemp or linen. It is either plain or brocaded with patterns in silk, or, in the case of gauzes from the east of Asia, with flowers in gold or silver. Compare gossamer.
    • n gauze Any slight open material resembling this fabric: as, wire gauze.
    • gauze Of or like gauze; gauzy.
    • n gauze In surgery, cheese-cloth, impregnated with antiseptic material (such as borie acid, corrosive sublimate, or iodoform), or simply sterilized, employed in dressing wounds.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gauze gawz a thin, transparent fabric, originally of silk, now of any fine hard-spun fibre: material slight and open like gauze
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. gaze,; so called because it was first introduced from Gaza, a city of Palestine
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. gaze, dubiously referred to Gaza in Palestine.

Usage

In literature:

He never paints on gauze; he is always earnest, always poetical; his manner is every where graceful and unaffected.
"The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, February 1844" by Various
Under the rain of rose and gold, as if seen through opaline gauze, shone sea and hills and distant mountains.
"The Guests Of Hercules" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
When suffering from a cold, gauze or cheese-cloth should be used instead of a handkerchief and burned after use.
"How to Live" by Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
Instead, therefore, of finishing George's shirts, we now had the girls new-modeling their old gauzes.
"The Literary World Seventh Reader" by Various
Small gauze wings are fastened to the shoulders, which are ornamented with spangles and silver stars.
"Home Pastimes; or Tableaux Vivants" by James H. Head
In the tray of the big trunk there were hats, and masses of something fluffy and soft, yet crisp like gauze.
"The Heather-Moon" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
I'll give her a nice green gauze bow.
"The White Christmas and other Merry Christmas Plays" by Walter Ben Hare
Chapter IX., GAUZE AND LENO FABRICS.
"The Dyeing of Woollen Fabrics" by Franklin Beech
There was further, in the wonderful box, an old remnant of gauze.
"Sue, A Little Heroine" by L. T. Meade
Then Rose felt impelled to explain why she walked about London burdened with flower-pots and rolls of gauze.
"A Houseful of Girls" by Sarah Tytler
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In poetry:

I ate and was a man
Upon a bare hill side,
For the tree was withered up
And the ancient life had died.
I held a gossamer gauze,
And I gazed on a golden cup.
"Introit : III. The Tree Of Knowledge" by Thomas MacDonagh
Above the tower — a lone, twice-sized moon.
On the cold river passing night-filled homes,
It scatters restless gold across the waves.
On mats, it shines richer than silken gauze.
"Full Moon" by Du Fu
Ha! whare ye gaun' ye crowlin ferlie?
Your impudence protects you sairly;
I canna say but ye strunt rarely
Owre gauze and lace,
Tho faith! I fear ye dine but sparely
On sic a place.
"To A Louse" by Robert Burns
The street-lamps, like gauze butterflies fluttering,
Had been touched by the chill of the morning.
My soft words, as I opened my heart to you,
Matched the slumbering vistas before us.
"White Night" by Boris Pasternak
These princelings with gauze winglets
That buzz in the air unfurled,
These summer-swarming kinglets,
These thin worms crowned and curled,
That bask and blink and warm themselves about the world;
"A Marching Song" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
A beauty, carelessly betray'd,
Enamours more, than if display'd
All woman's charms were given;
And, o'er the bosom's vestal white,
The gauze appears a robe of light,
That veils, yet opens, heaven.
"Ode to Women" by John Logan

In news:

All he had was gauze--a lot of gauze.
It is as if some gauze or screen has been dissolved away from life, that was dulling it, and like Miranda you want to say, What a brave new world.
From the battlefield to first-aid kits, a new type of gauze is saving lives.
Medical gauze hasn't changed much since World War I: Medics can only stuff it into a gushing wound and pray.
Now chemists have infused cotton gauze with nanoparticles, giving it a vastly improved ability to halt blood loss -- even in tight spots like the neck or groin where it's hard to apply pressure.
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Tears rolled down Yolanda Pearson's face as she sat on her Cass Avenue front porch Wednesday night, an arm wrapped in gauze.
LifeScience PLUS Inc has introduced its proprietary 100% natural fiber cotton cellulose gauze in a new hemostatic product, BloodSTOP Hemostatic Gauze, at CVS/pharmacy stores.
It's better than standard gauze and even more effective than more costly variants.
Listen to the Camp Nurse "When the kids get poison ivy , I make a mixture of Domeboro and water and apply it to the rash with gauze pads," reports Tricia Barr, R.N.
Listen to the Camp Nurse "When the kids get poison ivy, I make a mixture of Domeboro and water and apply it to the rash with gauze pads," reports Tricia Barr, R.N.
The suspect had his head wrapped in gauze after being confronted by a bride, groom and their guests at a Saturday night wedding in West Sayville.
It's as if Bradford Cox has a giant bolt of stained, candy-colored shoegaze-pop gauze in his brain.
Further back, there are three fixed flown gauzes and screens and two mobile black boards utilized as screens.
The use of textile materials for medical and healthcare products ranges from simple gauze or bandage material to scaffolds for tissue culturing and a large variety of prostheses for permanent body implants.
Call me Scheherazade, but I'm in my turquoise gauze veil and jeweled slippers for this one.
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