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cloth

1. 
a. a fabric formed by weaving, felting or knitting wool, cotton, etc.
b. (as modifier): a cloth bag
2. a piece of such fabric used for a particular purpose, as for a dishcloth
3. 
a. the clothes worn by a clergyman
b. the clergy
4. Nautical any of the panels of a sail
5. Chiefly Brit a piece of coloured fabric, used on the stage as scenery
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cloth

[klȯth]
(textiles)
A sheet of fibers assembled by weaving, knitting, felting, or some other similar process.
A nonfibrous material of similar properties.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
References in classic literature ?
'I should like very much to know how far they have got on with the cloth,' thought the Emperor.
The tails of two snakes were hanging between the cloth and the cornice of the wall.
The Emperor now sent another officer of his court to see how the men were getting on, and to ascertain whether the cloth would soon be ready.
Slowly the priest ascended the steps and placed his shining sun on the lace cloth. Everybody knelt.
The notable wife of Kamehameha, the renowned conqueror and king of the Sandwich Islands, used to pride herself in the skill she displayed in dyeing her tappa with contrasting colours disposed in regular figures; and, in the midst of the innovations of the times, was regarded, towards the decline of her life, as a lady of the old school, clinging as she did to the national cloth, in preference to the frippery of the European calicoes.
It was dropped, and I picked it up, and found in the cloth, in gold and silver coins of all sorts, more than fifty crowns, which fifty times more strengthened our joy and doubled our hope of gaining our liberty.
Remained of the episode only the scorch of cloth drifting ominously through the air.
"Ha, what's this?" asked Napoleon, noticing that all the courtiers were looking at something concealed under a cloth.
"I doubt not that if I set you down in my shop at Norwich you might scarce tell fustian from falding, and know little difference between the velvet of Genoa and the three-piled cloth of Bruges.
She then glanced all round her, and taking a white linen cloth or handkerchief from under her cloak, turned aside towards the brook.
And when I looked it seemed that I could not see the features; you had been painted with a face cloth, such as we put upon the dead.
His mantle and hood were of the best Flanders cloth, and fell in ample, and not ungraceful folds, around a handsome, though somewhat corpulent person.