Definition of silk
1 : a fine continuous protein fiber produced by various insect larvae usually for cocoons; especially : a lustrous tough elastic fiber produced by silkworms and used for textiles
2 : thread, yarn, or fabric made from silk filaments
3a : a garment of silkb (1) : a distinctive silk gown worn by a King's or Queen's Counsel (2) : a King's or Queen's Counselc silks plural : the colored cap and blouse of a jockey or harness horse driver made in the registered racing color of the employing stable
4a : a filament resembling silk; especially : one produced by a spiderb : silky material milkweed silk; especially : the styles of an ear of corn
5 : parachute
silklikeplay \ˈsilk-ˌlīk\ adjective
Examples of silk in a Sentence
a variety of silks and satins
The robe has butterflies embroidered in silk on the sleeves.
the silk of a spider's web
Recent Examples of silk from the Web
The use of viscose, a manmade fabric that is similar in appearance to silk, but costs much less to produce.
Gone is the Jewish quarter, the markets with their monasteries, and the lattice balconies and sculptured masonry of another Sunni silk road city.
Shawl: Tru Blue silk queen kimono, $242, Planet Blue.
French fashion designer Alexis Mabille headed for the 1860s to produce a short but beautifully executed collection of silk gowns.
The shapes, painted with silk-screen ink, form colorful color palettes in pinks and oranges and create a sense of motion across the long canvas.
The village's aerial yoga class is a great opportunity to use silk hammocks to stretch and build strength.
Add some non-functioning silk covered buttons and a bespoke pink sash, and boom.
While never abandoning completely its heritage, the brand started placing fur as the lining of silk coats, or weaving it into fabric or making patchwork pieces, while putting more emphasis on its accessories along with its clothing lines.
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Definition of silk
: to develop the silk
First Known Use of silk
SILK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of silk for English Language Learners
: a smooth, soft, and shiny cloth that is made from thread produced by silkworms; also : the thread that is used to make silk
: the thread that is produced by a spider
: the thin strings in an ear of corn
SILK Defined for Kids
Definition of silk for Students
1 : a fine fiber that is spun by many insect larvae usually to form their cocoon or by spiders to make their webs and that includes some kinds used for weaving cloth
2 : thread, yarn, or fabric made from silk
3 : the threadlike strands that are found over the kernels of an ear of corn
Medical Definition of silk
1: a fine continuous protein fiber produced by various insect larvae usually for cocoons; especially : a lustrous tough elastic fiber produced by silkworms and used for textiles
2: strands of silk thread of various thicknesses used as suture material in surgery surgical silk
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