fabric

noun
fab·​ric | \ ˈfa-brik How to pronounce fabric (audio) \

Definition of fabric

b : underlying structure : framework the fabric of society
2 : an act of constructing : erection specifically : the construction and maintenance of a church building
3a : structural plan or style of construction
b : texture, quality used chiefly of textiles
c : the arrangement of physical components (as of soil) in relation to each other
b : a material that resembles cloth
5 : the appearance or pattern produced by the shapes and arrangement of the crystal grains in a rock

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Synonyms for fabric

Synonyms

cloth, textile

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Examples of fabric in a Sentence

The curtains are made of expensive fabric. scarves made of woven fabrics the fabric of the community
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Gore-Tex and eVent are popular waterproofing fabrics, but some brands like Oboz have their own propriety materials. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Women's Hiking Boots for Any Outdoor Adventure," 13 Sep. 2019 In fact, Geraldine James, who plays the queen in the film, wears a dress made using fabric that was actually worn by the real-life royal. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, "Diamonds! Vintage gowns! Inside the Downton Abbey movie costumes fit for a queen," 13 Sep. 2019 Early Egyptian beds were little more than rectangular wooden frames with legs and leather or fabric sleeping platforms. Brian Fagan, The Conversation, "The bizarre social history of beds," 13 Sep. 2019 While some of the history is filled with difficulties and challenges, there is a community fabric that has kept it together through all of its trials and tribulations. Scott Luxor, sun-sentinel.com, "Harlem McBride: Oakland Park’s ‘forgotten city’ finds itself on the rise," 12 Sep. 2019 The designer also included evening gowns that featured a modern vibration and used fabrics like linen and swede to produce a balanced presentation. Nandi Howard, Essence, "NYFW: Dennis Basso Presents A Sleek Spring/Summer 2020 Collection," 12 Sep. 2019 But empowering commoners could mend rents in the civic fabric and alleviate frustration with out-of-touch elites. The Economist, "The alternatives to privatisation and nationalisation," 12 Sep. 2019 This one also comes in Wool or Tree fabric for men and women. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "We Reviewed Allbirds, the "World's Most Comfortable" Shoes — Here's What You Need to Know," 11 Sep. 2019 Due to this wicking benefit, these fabrics are oil loving. Wendy Rose Gould, NBC News, "How to get the smell out of gym clothes," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of fabric

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fabric

borrowed from Middle French & Medieval Latin; Middle French fabrique "act of construction, something created or constructed, the created world, structure, construction and maintenance of a church," borrowed from Medieval Latin fabrica, going back to Latin, "process of making something, craft, art, workshop," noun derivative from *fabricus "of a craftsman," from fabr-, faber "craftsman, smith" (perhaps going back to dialectal Indo-European *dhabh-r- —perhaps of non-Indo-European origin— whence also Armenian darbin "smith," from *dhabh-r-sneh2) + -icus -ic entry 1

Note: The Latin derivative fabrica may have been shortened from fabrica ars, perhaps literally "smith's craft, smith's place of work." The base *dhabh-r- has been compared with Gothic gadaban "to happen, be suitable" and a host of related words (see daft), though the semantic link is tenuous.

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The first known use of fabric was in the 15th century

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fabric

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fabric

: woven or knitted material
: the basic structure of something

fabric

noun
fab·​ric | \ ˈfa-brik How to pronounce fabric (audio) \

Kids Definition of fabric

2 : the basic structure the fabric of society

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