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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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 Maine is home to about 50,000 Somali immigrants, most of them living in Lewiston, an old textile mill town in central Maine. Abdi Nor Iftin, BostonGlobe.com, "From war-torn Somalia to Maine: An immigrant’s story of hope," 23 May 2018 Teens on the cusp of adulthood could look forward to steady paychecks from textile mills. Max Blau, STAT, "In the ‘diabetes belt,’ a small town grapples with growth of the world’s largest insulin maker," 15 May 2018 The trail starts by crossing a Bollman Truss bridge — the last iron bridge of its kind in the country — and hikers have views of historic ruins from the 1800s textile mill along the path. Sarah Meehan, Howard County Times, "Howard County's best paths for spring hikes and bikes," 3 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


tex·tile | \ ˈtek-ˌstīl , ˈtek-stəl \

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