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fabric    : [f'æbrɪk]
Fabric \Fab"ric\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fabricked}; p. pr. & vb.
n. {Fabricking}.]
To frame; to build; to construct. [Obs.] "Fabric their
mansions." --J. Philips.
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Fabric \Fab"ric\ (f[a^]b"r[i^]k), n. [L. fabrica fabric,
workshop: cf. F. fabrique fabric. See {Forge}.]
1. The structure of anything; the manner in which the parts
of a thing are united; workmanship; texture; make; as
cloth of a beautiful fabric.
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2. That which is fabricated; as:
(a) Framework; structure; edifice; building.
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Anon out of the earth a fabric huge
Rose like an exhalation. --Milton.
(b) Cloth of any kind that is woven or knit from fibers,
whether vegetable, animal, or synthetic; manufactured
cloth; as, silks or other fabrics; made of a fabric
that is 50% cotton and 50% polyester.
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3. The act of constructing; construction. [R.]
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Tithe was received by the bishop, . . . for the
fabric of the churches for the poor. --Milman.
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4. Any system or structure consisting of connected parts; as,
the fabric of the universe.
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The whole vast fabric of society. --Macaulay.
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fabric
n 1: artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or
crocheting natural or synthetic fibers; "the fabric in the
curtains was light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth
originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured
off enough material for a dress" [synonym: {fabric}, {cloth},
{material}, {textile}]
2: the underlying structure; "providing a factual framework for
future research"; "it is part of the fabric of society" [synonym:
{framework}, {fabric}]

355 Moby Thesaurus words for "fabric":
Aralac, Avisco, Axminster, Celanese, Dacron, Dymaxion house, Dynel,
Georgette, Harris Tweed, Lastex, Leatherette, Orlon, Qiana,
Revolite, Terylene, Ultrasuede, Velon, Vicara, White House,
acetate, acetate rayon, adobe house, alpaca, anatomy,
architectonics, architecture, arrangement, arras, astrakhan, atoms,
baize, batik, blanketing, braiding, broadcloth, broadloom, brocade,
build, building, bunting, cadre, calico, cambric, canvas,
carpeting, casa, case, casement, cashmere, casing, castor, chassis,
cheesecloth, chiffon, chinchilla, chintz, cliff dwelling, cloth,
coating, composition, configuration, conformation, constitution,
construct, construction, consulate, cord, corduroy, core, cotton,
country house, country seat, crash, creation, crepe,
crepe de chine, cretonne, crinoline, dacha, damask, deanery, denim,
distillate, distillation, doeskin, doorframe, drapery, drill,
drilling, drugget, duck, duffel, dwelling house, edifice, elixir,
embassy, enlacement, entwinement, entwining, erection, essence,
establishment, etoffe, fabrication, farm, farmhouse, fashion,
fashioning, felt, fiber, flannel, flannelette, fleece, forging,
form, format, formation, foulard, foundation, frame, framework,
framing, frieze, fustian, gauze, getup, gingham, gist, goods,
gossamer, grenadine, grogram, grosgrain, gunny, haircloth, hall,
heart, herringbone, hessian, homespun, hop sacking, horsehair,
house, houseboat, huck, huckaback, interknitting, interlacement,
interlacery, interlacing, intertexture, interthreading,
intertieing, intertwinement, intertwining, intertwisting,
interweavement, interweaving, jersey, kernel, knitting, lace,
lacing, lake dwelling, lame, lattice, latticework, lawn, linen,
linoleum, linsey-woolsey, lisle, list, living machine, loden,
lodge, longcloth, luster, mackinaw, mackintosh, madras, make,
makeup, making, maline, manor house, manse, manta, mantua,
manufacture, marquisette, marrow, mat, material, matter, matting,
meat, medium, melton, messaline, mohair, moire, mold, molding,
moleskin, mousseline de soie, murrey, muslin, nainsook, nankeen,
napery, near-silk, net, netting, nub, nylon, oil silk, oilcloth,
organdy, organic structure, organism, organization, organza,
packaged house, paisley, panne, panne velvet, parsonage, pattern,
patterning, penthouse, pepper-and-salt, percale, physique,
picture frame, pile, pique, pith, plaid, plaiting, plan, plush,
polyester, pongee, poplin, prefab, prefabricated house,
prefabrication, presidential palace, print, production, pyramid,
quilting, quintessence, radium, rag, ranch house, rayon,
rayon casheen, rectory, rep, roof, rugging, russet, sackcloth,
sacking, sailcloth, sap, sarcenet, sash, sateen, satin, say,
seersucker, serge, setup, shalloon, shantung, shape, shaping,
sharkskin, sheers, sheeting, shell, shoddy, shot silk, silk,
skeleton, skyscraper, sod house, soul, spirit, split-level,
spun rayon, stamin, stammel, stockinette, structure, structuring,
stuff, substance, suede, sum and substance, superstructure,
swansdown, tabaret, tabby, taffeta, taffety, tangible, tapestry,
tarpaulin, tartan, tectonics, terry cloth, textile, textile fabric,
texture, tick, ticking, tissu, tissue, tower, town house,
tricotine, tulle, tussah, tussore, tweed, twill, twining, twisting,
veiling, velours, velure, velvet, velveteen, vicarage, voile,
warp and woof, warpage, wash-and-wear fabric, watered fabric,
weave, weaving, web, webbing, weft, weftage, window case,
window frame, woof, wool, worsted, wreathing



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