Cloth n.; pl. Cloths except in the sense of garments, when it is Clothes (klōthz ∨ klōz).
1. A fabric made of fibrous material (or sometimes of wire, as in wire cloth); commonly, a woven fabric of cotton, woolen, or linen, adapted to be made into garments; specifically, woolen fabrics, as distinguished from all others.
2. The dress; raiment. [Obs.] See Clothes.
I'll ne'er distrust my God for cloth and bread. --Quarles.
3. The distinctive dress of any profession, especially of the clergy; hence, the clerical profession.
Appeals were made to the priesthood. Would they tamely permit so gross an insult to be offered to their cloth? --Macaulay.
The cloth, the clergy, are constituted for administering and for giving the best possible effect to . . . every axiom. --I. Taylor.
Body cloth. See under Body.
Cloth of gold, a fabric woven wholly or partially of threads of gold.
Cloth measure, the measure of length and surface by which cloth is measured and sold. For this object the standard yard is usually divided into quarters and nails.
Cloth paper, a coarse kind of paper used in pressing and finishing woolen cloth. -- Cloth shearer, one who shears cloth and frees it from superfluous nap.
Clothes n. pl.
1. Covering for the human body; dress; vestments; vesture; -- a general term for whatever covering is worn, or is made to be worn, for decency or comfort.
She . . . speaks well, and has excellent good clothes. --Shak.
If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. --Mark. v. 28.
2. The covering of a bed; bedclothes.
She turned each way her frighted head,
Then sunk it deep beneath the clothes. --Prior.
Body clothes. See under Body.
Clothes moth Zool., a small moth of the genus Tinea. The most common species (Tinea flavifrontella) is yellowish white. The larvæ eat woolen goods, furs, feathers, etc. They live in tubular cases made of the material upon which they feed, fastened together with silk.
Syn: -- Garments; dress; clothing; apparel; attire; vesture; raiment; garb; costume; habit; habiliments.
n : clothing in general; "she was refined in her choice of
apparel"; "he always bought his clothes at the same
store"; "fastidious about his dress" [syn: apparel, wearing