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tuft

Syllabification: tuft
Pronunciation: /təft
 
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Definition of tuft in English:

noun

1A bunch or collection of something, typically threads, grass, or hair, held or growing together at the base: scrubby tufts of grass
More 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.
Synonyms
clump, bunch, knot, cluster, tussock, tuffet;
lock, wisp;
crest, topknot;
1.1 Anatomy & Zoology A bunch of small blood vessels, respiratory tentacles, or other small anatomical structures.
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.

verb

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1 (usually be tufted) Provide (something) with a tuft or tufts.
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.
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.

Origin

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.

Derivatives

tufty

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • 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.

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