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moire

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noun \ ˈmȯi(-ə)r , ˈmȯr , ˈmwär \

Definition of moire

archaic
:a watered mohair

Origin and Etymology of moire

French, from English mohair


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moiré

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noun moi·ré \ mȯ-ˈrā , mwä- \
variants: or moire play \mȯ-ˈrā, mwä- or ˈmȯi(-ə)r, ˈmȯr, ˈmwär\

Definition of moiré

1 a :an irregular wavy finish on a fabric
b :a ripple pattern on a stamp
2 :a fabric having a wavy watered appearance
3 :an independent usually shimmering pattern seen when two geometrically regular patterns (such as two sets of parallel lines or two halftone screens) are superimposed especially at an acute angle

moiré

or moire adjective

Origin and Etymology of moiré

French moiré, from moiré like moire, from moire


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