tex·tile | \ˈtek-ˌstī(-ə)l, ˈteks-tᵊl\

Definition of textile 

1 : cloth sense 1a especially : a woven or knit cloth

2 : a fiber, filament, or yarn used in making cloth

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Synonyms for textile


cloth, fabric

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Examples of textile in a Sentence

They import fine silk textiles from China. brought back a whole suitcase of beautiful textiles from India

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In 2014, the United Nations designated Dundee as a UNESCO City of Design (the first in the U.K., actually) for its valuable contributions to the fields of video games, textiles, and comic book design. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "A Guide to Dundee, Scotland—the First City Outside London to Get Its Very Own V&A Museum," 14 July 2018 That plant employs about 100 people and produces polyvinyl alcohol for paper, textiles and other uses. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Worker files $1 million lawsuit against Pasadena industrial plant after fiery explosion," 20 May 2018 Despite concerns to the contrary, outdoor gear and apparel are not on that list, but machines used in textile and footwear manufacturing are. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "Outdoor Gear Is Safe from Trump's Tariffs—for Now," 4 Apr. 2018 The Neighborhood: Once an active textile mill, Bradford Mills Lofts preserves the historic structure of the building while bringing in a modern living component. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Where you can live on a typical income around downtown Louisville," 9 July 2018 The purpose of the event was to draw attention to Connecticut’s stagnant economy under Democrats, but instead Osten slammed Foley over the role his private equity firm played in the closing of a Georgia textile mill. Neil Vigdor, courant.com, "Susan Bysiewicz And Ned Lamont Make Headway In Eastern Connecticut," 9 July 2018 Roman canals, 19th-century textile mills, and Cold-War nuclear reactors were not drafted with the human experience as a first concern. Carolina A. Miranda, The Atlantic, "The Unbearable Awkwardness of Automation," 13 June 2018 Sixteen of 18 manufacturing industries expanded, led by textile mills and producers nonmetallic minerals. Paul Wiseman, Fox News, "US manufacturing picks up pace in May," 1 June 2018 Parts of the economy, including textile mills, have become low-cost parts of the Chinese industrial supply chain. Bloomberg.com, "Why Doesn’t North Korea Want to Be More Like Its Neighbors?," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of textile

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for textile

Latin, from neuter of textilis woven, from texere

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English Language Learners Definition of textile

; especially : a fabric that is woven or knit

textiles : the businesses that make textiles


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