1. The make or form of anything; the style, shape, appearance, or mode of structure; pattern, model; as, the fashion of the ark, of a coat, of a house, of an altar, etc.; workmanship; execution.
The fashion of his countenance was altered. --Luke ix. 29.
I do not like the fashion of your garments. --Shak.
2. The prevailing mode or style, especially of dress; custom or conventional usage in respect of dress, behavior, etiquette, etc.; particularly, the mode or style usual among persons of good breeding; as, to dress, dance, sing, ride, etc., in the fashion.
The innocent diversions in fashion. --Locke.
As now existing, fashion is a form of social regulation analogous to constitutional government as a form of political regulation. --H. Spencer.
3. Polite, fashionable, or genteel life; social position; good breeding; as, men of fashion.
4. Mode of action; method of conduct; manner; custom; sort; way. “After his sour fashion.”
After a fashion, to a certain extent; of a sort; sort of.
Fashion piece Naut., one of the timbers which terminate the transom, and define the shape of the stern.
Fashion plate, a pictorial design showing the prevailing style or a new style of dress.
Fash·ion, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fashioned p. pr. & vb. n. Fashioning.]
1. To form; to give shape or figure to; to mold.
Here the loud hammer fashions female toys. --Gay.
Ingenious art . . .
Steps forth to fashion and refine the age. --Cowper.
2. To fit; to adapt; to accommodate; -- with to.
Laws ought to be fashioned to the manners and conditions of the people. --Spenser.
3. To make according to the rule prescribed by custom.
Fashioned plate sells for more than its weight. --Locke.
4. To forge or counterfeit. [Obs.]
Fashioning needle Knitting Machine, a needle used for widening or narrowing the work and thus shaping it.
n 1: how something is done or how it happens; "her dignified
manner"; "his rapid manner of talking"; "their nomadic
mode of existence"; "in the characteristic New York
style"; "a lonely way of life"; "in an abrasive fashion"
[syn: manner, mode, style, way]
2: characteristic or habitual practice
3: the latest and most admired style in clothes and cosmetics
v : make out of components (often in an improvising manner);
"She fashioned a tent out of a sheet and a few sticks"