braid·​ing | \ˈbrā-diŋ \

Definition of braiding 

: something made of braided material

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The serpentine slitherings of the river are canyons in the concrete, deep here, wide there, oxbowing and bifurcating and braiding. Nate Berg, Curbed, "Can engineering save Louisiana’s coastline?," 7 Nov. 2018 If braiding is your go-to hairstyle, then consider a last-minute Medusa costume. Lauren Hubbard, Harper's BAZAAR, "13 Easy Halloween Costumes That Are All About The Hairstyle," 4 Sep. 2018 Africa and hair braiding is an ancient art, handed down from generation to generation in Africa. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "How 'Ghetto Until Proven Fashionable' Shirt Designer Nareasha Willis Fights Cultural Appropriation," 15 May 2018 The braided bowl cuts of the Hamar Ethiopians, for example, are particularly inspiring to Batchelor, who recently added a braiding specialist to the staff. Leilani Marie Labong,, "At the Culture of Hair salon, the mission is top of mind — and head," 5 July 2018 And because showing off your French braiding skills is a must. 5. Grace Gavilanes,, "The Chris Pratt Guide to Getting Red Carpet-Ready," 22 May 2018 The Braided Bread Workshop (10 a.m.-noon Saturday) offers instruction on making high-ratio yeast dough, bread braiding and more. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Hit these cooking classes to improve your kitchen skills," 16 May 2018 Eyebrows have become an obsession of late, tattooed or microbladed, shaped and drawn in bold dark lines, making a statement far beyond braiding or waxing. Douglas Quenqua, New York Times, "The Evolution of the Eyebrow," 13 Apr. 2018 Hardnecks have a stiff stem in the center that terminates in a beautiful flower — or cluster of little bulbs — and then dries to a rigid stick that makes braiding impossible. Leslie Land, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Garlic," 21 Mar. 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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braided rug


braid wool



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a knickknack or trinket

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