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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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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.
And so, for a whole year, he sought to accumulate the most exquisite specimens that he could find of textile and embroidered work, getting the dainty Delhi muslins, finely wrought with gold-thread palmates and stitched over with iridescent beetles' wings; the Dacca gauzes, that from their transparency are known in the East as "woven air," and "running water," and "evening dew"; strange figured cloths from Java; elaborate yellow Chinese hangings; books bound in tawny satins or fair blue silks and wrought with fleurs-de-lis, birds and images; veils of lacis worked in Hungary point; Sicilian brocades and stiff Spanish velvets; Georgian work, with its gilt coins, and Japanese Foukousas, with their green-toned golds and their marvellously plumaged birds.
They were clad in brilliantly-painted cloths, and the soldiers were armed with the saw-toothed war-club, the bow and arrows barbed and poisoned with the juice of the euphorbium, the cutlass, the "sima," a long sabre (also with saw-like teeth), and some small battle-axes.
There were long tables covered with cloths, with big glass bottles of water at intervals, and down the centre salt cellars and bottles of vinegar.
Then several yeomen came forward and spread cloths upon the green grass, and placed a royal feast; while others still broached barrels of sack and Malmsey and good stout ale, and set them in jars upon the cloth, with drinking horns about them.
Among them were grooms leading the Tsar's beautiful relay horses covered with embroidered cloths.
The men wore loin cloths of the hide of some shaggy beast, long ends of which depended before and behind nearly to the ground.
He dried it off with cloths and packed it away carefully in a basket.
From the bodies of the dead Dyaks Bulan and his three companions, Number Three, Number Ten, and Number Twelve, took enough loin cloths, caps, war-coats, shields and weapons to fit them out completely, after discarding the ragged remnants of their cotton pajamas, and now, even more terrible in appearance than before, the rapidly vanishing company of soulless monsters continued their aimless wandering down the river's brim.
To think o' these cloths as I spun myself," she went on, lifting things out and turning them over with an excitement all the more strange and piteous because the stout blond woman was usually so passive,--if she had been ruffled before, it was at the surface merely,--"and Job Haxey wove 'em, and brought the piece home on his back, as I remember standing at the door and seeing him come, before I ever thought o' marrying your father
When he entered I observed that he carried no umbrella, and certainly had not come in his carriage, for his tarpaulin hat ran down with melting sleet, and his great pilot cloth jacket seemed almost to drag him to the floor with the weight of the water it had absorbed.
In a corner of the room was something neatly covered up with a large white cloth.