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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

cloth

[klȯth]
(textiles)
A sheet of fibers assembled by weaving, knitting, felting, or some other similar process.
A nonfibrous material of similar properties.
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From that date Tietjens wore a collar of rough silver and employed a monogram on her night blanket, and the blanket was double-woven Kashmir cloth, for she was a delicate dog.
no cloth put on, and I dare say the water was cold, too; boys are no good;" but Joe was a good boy, after all.
Yes, I sent Luke directly they'd put the bailies in, and your aunt Pullet's been--and, oh dear, oh dear, she cries so and says your father's disgraced my family and made it the talk o' the country; and she'll buy the spotted cloths for herself, because she's never had so many as she wanted o' that pattern, and they sha'n't go to strangers, but she's got more checks a'ready nor she can do with.
Everybody in the whole town knew what a wonderful power the cloth had, and they were all curious to see how bad or how stupid their neighbour was.
I will send my faithful old minister to the weavers," said the Emperor at last, after some deliberation, "he will be best able to see how the cloth looks; for he is a man of sense, and no one can be more suitable for his office than be is.
It's all one and the same; for every man who curses the cloth would curse the king if he durst; so for matter o' that, it's all one and the same thing.
It was covered with a lace cloth and draped with green wreaths.
In this way the cloth is easily made to vary in strength and thickness, so as to suit the numerous purposes to which it is applied.
But when we least thought it was going to rain any more cianis from that quarter, we saw the reed suddenly appear with another cloth tied in a larger knot attached to it, and this at a time when, as on the former occasion, the bano was deserted and unoccupied.
She dropped her iron on the shirtwaist, clutched at the board, fumbled it, caved in at the knees and hips, and like a half-empty sack collapsed on the floor, her long shriek rising in the pent room to the acrid smell of scorching cloth.
With the very first pennies I make, I'll buy Father a new cloth coat.
He would have covered the picture, but he stopped, holding the cloth in his hand, and, smiling blissfully, gazed a long while at the figure of John.