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twill

Syllabification: twill
Pronunciation: /twil
 
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Definition of twill in English:

noun

A fabric so woven as to have a surface of diagonal parallel ridges.
Example sentences
  • Fabrics such as twill, poplin, canvas, suede, denim and wool are also available in a variety of styles.
  • Quilt no. 816 has the greatest variety of fabrics: brown twill, checks, stripes, plain weave tans and blues, glazed fabrics, and a single calico print.
  • Gabardine is a tightly woven wool twill with a high sheen.

verb

[with object] (usually as adjective twilled) Back to top  
Weave (fabric) so it has a surface of diagonal parallel ridges: twilled cotton
More example sentences
  • Cotton flannel is a name for cotton that is twilled, heavy and features a long plush nap.
  • Drill is a strong twilled cotton fabric, used in men's and women's slacks.
  • American combat uniforms were a combination of wools and rugged herringbone twilled cotton, designed to be worn in layers and usually in a number of non-regulation combinations.

Origin

Middle English: from a Scots and northern English variant of obsolete twilly, from Old English twi- 'two', suggested by Latin bilix 'two-threaded'.

More
  • tweed from (mid 19th century):

    Tweed was originally produced in Scotland, where it was called tweel, a Scots form of twill (Middle English), a word based on two and like twine (Old English) indicating two-ply yarn. Around 1830 a cloth merchant misread this as tweed, a mistake perpetuated by association with the River Tweed, part of which forms the border between England and Scotland. Tweed is traditionally worn by the English country gentry, and tweedy has been used since the early 20th century to suggest a robust, traditional kind of Englishness.

Words that rhyme with twill

bill, Brazil, brill, Camille, chill, cookchill, dill, distil (US distill), downhill, drill, Edgehill, Estoril, fill, freewill, frill, fulfil (US fulfill), Gill, goodwill, grill, grille, hill, ill, instil, kill, krill, mil, mill, nil, Phil, pill, quadrille, quill, rill, Seville, shill, shrill, sill, skill, spadille, spill, squill, still, stock-still, swill, thill, thrill, till, trill, until, uphill, will

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