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Velvet is a type of woven tufted fabric in which the cut threads are evenly distributed, with a short dense pile, giving it a distinctive feel.

velvet adj 1: smooth and soft to sight or hearing or touch or taste [syn: {velvety}] 2: resembling velvet in having a smooth soft surface [syn: {velvety}] n : a silky densely piled fabric with a plain back

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Velvet \Vel"vet\, v. t. To make like, or cover with, velvet. [R.] [1913 Webster]

Velvet \Vel"vet\, v. i. To pain velvet. [R.] --Peacham. [1913 Webster]

Velvet \Vel"vet\, a. Made of velvet; soft and delicate, like velvet; velvety. `` The cowslip's velvet head.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Velvet \Vel"vet\, n. [OE. velouette, veluet, velwet; cf. OF. velluau, LL. velluetum, vellutum, It. velluto, Sp. velludo; all fr. (assumed) LL. villutus shaggy, fr L. villus shaggy hair; akin to vellus a fleece, and E. wool. See {Wool}, and cf. {Villous}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A silk fabric, having a short, close nap of erect threads. Inferior qualities are made with a silk pile on a cotton or linen back. [1913 Webster] 2. The soft and highly vascular deciduous skin which envelops and nourishes the antlers of deer during their rapid growth. [1913 Webster] {Cotton velvet}, an imitation of velvet, made of cotton. {Velvet cork}, the best kind of cork bark, supple, elastic, and not woody or porous. {Velvet crab} a European crab ({Portunus puber}). When adult the black carapace is covered with a velvety pile. Called also {lady crab}, and {velvet fiddler}. {Velvet dock} (Bot.), the common mullein. {Velvet duck}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A large European sea duck, or scoter ({Oidemia fusca}). The adult male is glossy, velvety black, with a white speculum on each wing, and a white patch behind each eye. (b) The American whitewinged scoter. See {Scoter}. {Velvet flower} (Bot.), love-lies-bleeding. See under {Love}. {Velvet grass} (Bot.), a tall grass ({Holcus lanatus}) with velvety stem and leaves; -- called also {soft grass}. {Velvet runner} (Zo["o]l.), the water rail; -- so called from its quiet, stealthy manner of running. [Prov. Eng.] {Velvet scoter}. (Zo["o]l.) Same as {Velvet duck}, above. {Velvet sponge}. (Zo["o]l.) See under {Sponge}. [1913 Webster]


Velveteen is a cloth made in imitation of velvet. Normally cotton, the term is sometimes applied to a mixture of silk and cotton.

velveteen n : a usually cotton fabric with a short pile imitating velvet

Velveteen \Vel`vet*een"\, n. [Cf. F. velvetine. See {Velvet}.] A kind of cloth, usually cotton, made in imitation of velvet; cotton velvet. [1913 Webster]

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  • velvet: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • velvet: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • velvet: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • velvet: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • velvet: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • velvet: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • velveteen: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • velveteen: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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