1. The entire coat of wool that covers a sheep or other similar animal; also, the quantity shorn from a sheep, or animal, at one time.
Who shore me
Like a tame wether, all my precious fleece. --Milton.
2. Any soft woolly covering resembling a fleece.
3. Manuf. The fine web of cotton or wool removed by the doffing knife from the cylinder of a carding machine.
Fleece wool, wool shorn from the sheep.
Golden fleece. See under Golden.
Fleece, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fleeced p. pr. & vb. n. Fleecing.]
1. To deprive of a fleece, or natural covering of wool.
2. To strip of money or other property unjustly, especially by trickery or fraud; to bring to straits by oppressions and exactions.
Whilst pope and prince shared the wool betwixt them, the people were finely fleeced. --Fuller.
3. To spread over as with wool. [R.]
n 1: the wool of a sheep or similar animal
2: tanned skin of a sheep with the fleece left on; used for
clothing [syn: sheepskin]
3: a soft bulky fabric with deep pile; used chiefly for
4: outer coat of especially sheep and yaks [syn: wool]
v 1: rip off; ask an unreasonable price [syn: overcharge, soak,
surcharge, gazump, plume, pluck, rob, hook]
2: shear the wool from; "shear sheep" [syn: shear]
the wool of a sheep, whether shorn off or still attached to the
skin (Deut. 18:4; Job 31:20). The miracle of Gideon's fleece
(Judg. 6:37-40) consisted in the dew having fallen at one time
on the fleece without any on the floor, and at another time in
the fleece remaining dry while the ground was wet with dew.