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tuft

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noun \ˈtəft\

Definition of tuft

  1. 1a :  a small cluster of elongated flexible outgrowths attached or close together at the base and free at the opposite ends; especially :  a growing bunch of grasses or close-set plantsb :  a bunch of soft fluffy threads cut off short and used as ornament

  2. 2 :  clump, cluster

  3. 3 :  mound

  4. 4 :  any of the projections of yarns drawn through a fabric or making up a fabric so as to produce a surface of raised loops or cut pile

tufted

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tufty

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Examples of tuft in a Sentence

  1. A tuft of hair stuck out from under his hat.

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Origin and Etymology of tuft

Middle English, modification of Middle French touffe, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German zopf tip — more at 1top


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tuft

verb

Definition of tuft

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to provide or adorn with a tuftb :  to make (a fabric) of or with tufts

  3. 2 :  to make (something, such as a mattress) firm by stitching at intervals and covering the depressions produced on the surface with tufts

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to form into or grow in tufts

tufter

noun

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First Known Use of tuft

1535


TUFT Defined for English Language Learners

tuft

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noun

Definition of tuft for English Language Learners

  • : a small bunch of feathers, hairs, grass, etc., that grow close together


TUFT Defined for Kids

tuft

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noun \ˈtəft\

Definition of tuft for Students

  1. 1 :  a small bunch of long flexible things (as hairs or blades of grass) growing close together

  2. 2 :  1clump 1

tufted

adjective

Medical Dictionary

tuft

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noun \ˈtəft\

Medical Definition of tuft

  1. 1:  a small cluster of elongated flexible outgrowths or parts attached or close together at the base and free at the opposite ends; especially :  a small bunch of hairs on the body

  2. 2:  a branching anatomical structure that resembles a tuft



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