Definition of origami
: the Japanese art or process of folding squares of paper into representational shapes
Recent Examples of origami from the Web
Designed by someone who probably does origami, Apple’s fold-over Smart Keyboard and screen cover, when closed, maintains the tablet’s ultra slim line profile and light weight (adding just 9 ounces to the package.)
One is the origami unicorn—which Edward James Olmos's character leaves at Deckard's house the morning after Deckard dreams of a unicorn.
Collapsible luggage has graduated beyond its early phases of experimental design: No fewer than four exemplary suitcases have come on the market in recent months, each with an origami-like quality that facilitates compact storage.
The satellite also will test a new way of transmitting data, using a high-frequency antenna with an alternative design that will unfold in space, like deconstructed origami.
The Origami Revolution The ancient paper-folding art of origami is enjoying a digital-era rebirth.
The ancient paper-folding art of origami is enjoying a digital-era rebirth.
About a perfectly mismatched New York City couple whose son, with autistic tendencies, is an origami prodigy.
Gould showed modern origami artists at work folding paper.
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Origin and Etymology of origami
Japanese, from ori fold + kami paper
First Known Use: 1948See Words from the same year
ORIGAMI Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of origami for English Language Learners
: the Japanese art of folding paper into shapes that look like birds, animals, etc.
ORIGAMI Defined for Kids
Definition of origami for Students
: the art of folding paper into three-dimensional figures or designs without cutting the paper or using glue
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