flock·​ing ˈflä-kiŋ How to pronounce flocking (audio)
: a design in flock

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Velvety soft flocking covers the top of the PVC mattress to increase the comfort level, while the top and bottom edge support helps the bed maintain its shape. Jamie Spain, Good Housekeeping, 12 May 2023 The agile flocking was particularly intriguing. Quanta Magazine, 16 Mar. 2022 The 1995 blaze that came to be one of the defining moments in the company’s history and that propelled then-CEO Aaron Feuerstein to corporate sainthood in the public eye started not in the Lawrence factory’s fleece segment, but it the part used to make flocking, which is used in upholstery. Matt Whittaker, Outside Online, 1 Nov. 2016 This small but mighty cleaning kit is like the Swiss Army Knife of earbud cleaning kits with its compact size and variety of brushes, which include a flocking sponge, high-density brush, and metal pen tip. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 24 Jan. 2023 The scientists hope the results can shed light on other flocking behaviors, including the collective motions of cells in wound healing and cancer, and human stampedes in crowded venues. Emily Conover, Discover Magazine, 1 Apr. 2015 No trees with ornaments, tinsel, lights or flocking will be accepted. Kori Rumore, Chicago Tribune, 28 Dec. 2022 But if there’s any metallic, glittery or velvety flocking, the paper cannot be recycled, according to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 26 Dec. 2022 The white branches, created with a spray-on process called flocking, are popular with the whole family, who are guaranteed a green Christmas in Southern California. Mackenzie Schmidt, Peoplemag, 16 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1874, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flocking was circa 1874

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“Flocking.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flocking. Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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