sail·​cloth | \ ˈsāl-ˌklȯth How to pronounce sailcloth (audio) \

Definition of sailcloth

: a heavy canvas used for sails, tents, or upholstery also : a lightweight canvas used for clothing

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Made from weather-resistant, waxed sailcloth with a comfortable flannel lining, the jacket will only look better with age. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "31 Great Gifts for Father’s Day 2019," 5 June 2019 It’s made of upcycled sailcloth, and its form is informed by a NASA bag that Neil Armstrong used to bring his personal effects back from the Moon, known as the McDivitt Purse. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "What’s in your bag, Adam Savage?," 7 Sep. 2018 And if all goes well, Schofield and Corr want to try a similar approach for other organic materials from the shipwreck, like leather and textiles (the artifacts recovered from the seafloor include pieces of velvet, sailcloth, and other fabrics). Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Tiny magnets will escort ions out of rare material from a shipwreck," 24 Aug. 2018 The couple's outdoor reception was held on top of a hill under an ivory sailcloth tent. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "See All the Dreamy Photos from Shay Mooney and Hannah Billingsley's Arkansas Wedding," 30 Nov. 2017 They're made from recycled materials—most often different types of sailcloth from used boat sails and kite-surfing sails. Michael Calore, WIRED, "14 Essentials to Improve Your Bike Commute in the City," 17 May 2018 The homes had once been worker housing for a local sailcloth factory, said resident Doug George, 73. Christina Tkacik,, "In aftermath of Hampden fire residents assess loss of some memories, revival of others," 11 Apr. 2018 In this particular instance, the Lug’s fabric lacking the protective coating that normally makes sailcloth so durable. Adrienne So, WIRED, "Review: Timbuk2 Lug Knapsack," 1 Nov. 2017 The boutique windows that line Bay Street display sailcloth purses, Turkish towels, pricey espadrilles. Michael Tortorello, WSJ, "Rhode Island’s Classic Carousels: A Seaside Tour," 1 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of sailcloth

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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