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tuft

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noun \ˈtəft\

Simple Definition of tuft

  • : a small bunch of feathers, hairs, grass, etc., that grow close together

Full Definition of tuft

  1. 1a :  a small cluster of elongated flexible outgrowths attached or close together at the base and free at the opposite ends; especially :  a growing bunch of grasses or close-set plantsb :  a bunch of soft fluffy threads cut off short and used as ornament

  2. 2 :  clump, cluster

  3. 3 :  mound

  4. 4 :  any of the projections of yarns drawn through a fabric or making up a fabric so as to produce a surface of raised loops or cut pile

tuft·ed play \ˈtəf-təd\ adjective
tufty play \ˈtəf-tē\ adjective

Examples of tuft

  1. A tuft of hair stuck out from under his hat.



Origin of tuft

Middle English, modification of Middle French touffe, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German zopf tip — more at top


First Known Use: 14th century

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tuft

verb

Definition of tuft

  • transitive verb
    1. 1a :  to provide or adorn with a tuftb :  to make (a fabric) of or with tufts

    2. 2 :  to make (as a mattress) firm by stitching at intervals and sewing on tufts

    3. intransitive verb
    4. :  to form into or grow in tufts

    tuft·er noun


    1535

    First Known Use of tuft

    1535


    Medical Dictionary

    tuft

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    noun \ˈtəft\

    Medical Definition of tuft

    1. 1:  a small cluster of elongated flexible outgrowths or parts attached or close together at the base and free at the opposite ends; especially :  a small bunch of hairs on the body

    2. 2:  a branching anatomical structure that resembles a tuft




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