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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Lin·en, n.
 1. Thread or cloth made of flax or (rarely) of hemp; -- used in a general sense to include cambric, shirting, sheeting, towels, tablecloths, etc.; as, bed linens “In linen white as milk.”
 2. Underclothing, esp. the shirt, as being, in former times, chiefly made of linen.
 Linen draper, a dealer in linen.
 Linen prover, a small microscope for counting the threads in a given space in linen fabrics.
 Linen scroll, Linen pattern Arch., an ornament for filling panels, copied from the folds of a piece of stuff symmetrically disposed.