- 1Cloth, typically produced by weaving or knitting textile fibers: heavy silk fabric waterproof fabricsMore example sentences
- Lovely silk brocades and other fine fabrics are woven, dyed and embroidered here.
- The use of fabrics such as Thai silk, fur and stretch cotton brings diversity to the texture.
- I love the feel of natural fabrics; linen and silk are more lively and natural as well.
- 2The walls, floor, and roof of a building.More example sentences
- Wet rot in the attic and upper floors is eating into the timber, plaster and fabric of the building and causing part of the roof to collapse.
- The listing of the 45 ft former windmill is intended to protect the entire fabric of the building inside and out.
- Bradford Council says that it cannot afford to do the necessary repairs to the building and its fabric but surely it has spare cash.
- 2.1The body of a car or aircraft.More example sentences
- An examination of the aircraft's fabric after the accident revealed that the paint covering on the fuselage and part of the tail was thicker than that on the wings.
- The wing spars and ribs are made of extruded aluminum and the complete aircraft is covered with Ceconite fabric.
- 2.2The essential structure of anything, especially a society or culture: the fabric of societyMore example sentences
- Instead he began to explore the social and cultural fabric of precolonial African societies.
- It is time to say enough is enough before the unique fabric of this multicultural society is destroyed by the enemies within.
- Aids has devastated the social and economic fabric of African societies and made orphans of a whole generation of children.
late 15th century: from French fabrique, from Latin fabrica 'something skillfully produced', from faber 'worker in metal, stone, etc'. The word originally denoted a building, later a machine or appliance, the general sense being 'something made,' hence sense 1 (mid 18th century, originally denoting any manufactured material). sense 2 dates from the mid 17th century.