- 1A bunch or collection of something, typically threads, grass, or hair, held or growing together at the base: scrubby tufts of grassMore example sentences
- Jake collapsed into a heap in the grass under the willow and started bawling, grabbing a few tufts of crinkly brown grass and tearing them out by the roots.
- At fifty-nine, he was mostly bald, though a few white tufts of hair grew right behind his ears.
- He had fluffy tufts of black hair and an infectious smile.
- 1.1 Anatomy & Zoology A bunch of small blood vessels, respiratory tentacles, or other small anatomical structures.More example sentences
- A 19-year-old, healthy man visited a plastic surgeon because of a cutaneous nodule on the distal tuft of his left index finger.
- Polymorphonuclear leukocyte infiltrates were present in the glomerular tufts, and many glomeruli displayed segmental necrosis.
- The glomerular tufts were shrunken or necrotic and renal medullary rays were congested.
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- 1 (usually be tufted) Provide (something) with a tuft or tufts.More example sentences
- Despite the obvious problems, the company has been preparing for growth and total employee numbers increased by 26 to 794 last year, mainly at the spinning and tufting factories.
- After establishing his home town as an international leader in carpet tufting machinery, he hit on the idea for his ‘wonder net’ after watching potatoes being mashed.
- Well-known for its patterned Axminster carpets, the company's new range of plain coloured woven and tufted carpets gained an ‘outstanding reaction’ from the trade, according to a spokesman.
- 2 Needlework Make depressions at regular intervals in (a mattress or cushion) by passing a thread through it.More example sentences
- Furniture makers noticed that tufted upholstery furthered the chair owner's sense of luxury.
- To evoke the enfilade, two long galleries were divided into rows of rooms, the doors between them fixed open, their interiors cosseted by paneled wainscoting, velvet walls and tufted furniture.
- This cylindrical, tufted pillow would fit in perfectly with a formal living room with heavy drapes, deep sofas, and perhaps a Bichon Frise curled up on the ottoman.
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- Sure enough, there was Billy, all 5ft 7in of him, with his undeniably pixie-esque features and tufty hair.
- At the moment many of them are sporting tufty, patchwork haircuts.
- He had short brown hair that was tufty and untidy on top.
late Middle English: probably from Old French tofe, of unknown origin. The final -t is typical of phonetic confusion between -f and -ft at the end of words; compare with graft1.