Definition of fabric in English:

fabric

Syllabification: fab·ric
Pronunciation: /ˈfabrik
 
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noun

1Cloth, typically produced by weaving or knitting textile fibers: heavy silk fabric waterproof fabrics
More 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.
Synonyms
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.
Synonyms
structure, infrastructure, framework, frame, form, composition, construction, foundations, warp and woof
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 society
More 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.

Origin

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.

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