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braid

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v braid form or weave into a braid or braids "braid hair"
    • v braid decorate with braids or ribbons "braid a collar"
    • v braid make by braiding or interlacing "lace a tablecloth"
    • n braid trimming used to decorate clothes or curtains
    • n braid a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Braid A fancy; freak; caprice.
    • Braid A narrow fabric, as of wool, silk, or linen, used for binding, trimming, or ornamenting dresses, etc.
    • Braid A plait, band, or narrow fabric formed by intertwining or weaving together different strands. "A braid of hair composed of two different colors twined together."
    • Braid A quick motion; a start.
    • a Braid Deceitful. "Since Frenchmen are so braid,
      Marry that will, I live and die a maid."
    • Braid To mingle, or to bring to a uniformly soft consistence, by beating, rubbing, or straining, as in some culinary operations.
    • Braid To reproach. Obs See Upbraid.
    • v. i Braid To start; to awake.
    • Braid To weave, interlace, or entwine together, as three or more strands or threads; to form into a braid; to plait. "Braid your locks with rosy twine."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • braid To take, draw, pull, or snatch quickly; reach; throw; cast; brandish.
    • braid To weave by passing three or more strands, strips, or lines of over and under each other alternately; plait; interlace: as, to braid the hair, straw, tape, etc.
    • braid To form by braiding; interweave the material of in strands or strips: as, to braid a straw hat or a rug.
    • braid In domestic econ., to beat and blend, as soft substances, particularly to press them with a spoon through a sieve.
    • braid To upbraid; reproach.
    • braid To move quickly; start; rush.
    • braid To start suddenly (out of sleep); awake.
    • braid To nauseate; desire to vomit.
    • braid To be like; resemble in appearance or character.
    • n braid A quick motion; a start.
    • n braid A moment.
    • n braid A turn (of work); a job.
    • n braid A trick; deception.
    • n braid Any plaited band or fillet. Specifically— A plaited band of hair, whether twined around the head or hanging behind.
    • n braid A wicker guard for protecting trees newly grafted.
    • braid Deceitful; crafty.
    • braid Broad.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Braid brād to plait or entwine
    • n Braid cord, or other texture made by plaiting
    • adj Braid brād (Shak.) dissembling, deceitful.
    • v.t Braid brād (Shak.) to upbraid, to reproach.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. braiden, breiden, to pull, reach, braid, AS. bregdan, to move to and fro, to weave; akin. to Icel. bregða, D. breiden, to knit, OS. bregdan, to weave, OHG. brettan, to brandish. Cf. Broid
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. from Abraid, or Braid (1).

Usage

In literature:

Do you suppose they use skirt braid?
"Patty's Friends" by Carolyn Wells
She wore a kimono, and her hair was in a long braid down her back.
"Patty's Summer Days" by Carolyn Wells
She took down her hair and braided it into a long pigtail; then she put on a comfortable kimono and sat down to work.
"Patty's Success" by Carolyn Wells
Her dark calico clung around her slim little body, and the white string that tied her braid was in evidence.
"The Opened Shutters" by Clara Louise Burnham
This man was about forty, small, and wearing a brown cloth coat, braided and trimmed with Astrachan.
"The Son of Monte Christo" by Jules Lermina
She thumped her cane on the braided rug.
"Fairy Prince and Other Stories" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
Open braids are very beautiful when made of dark hair; they are also becoming to light-haired persons.
"How To Behave: A Pocket Manual Of Republican Etiquette, And Guide To Correct Personal Habits" by Samuel R Wells
A captain marched in front of the company of fox-soldiers, his uniform embroidered with gold braid to make it handsomer than the others.
"The Road to Oz" by L. Frank Baum
What a deal of gold braid!
"Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates" by Howard I. Pyle
All he could see was the cheek and chin, the tall, slender figure and the long braid of hair.
"Hester's Counterpart" by Jean K. Baird
They seem to be wearing their hair mostly in two plain braids.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
The satin hose, braided and spangled on the seams, were admirably adjusted to limbs combining power and elegance.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, No. 382, October 1847" by Various
But if he added, "See, my peasant wears a woollen jacket trimmed with worsted braid," your impression would immediately fade.
"Outdoor Sketching" by Francis Hopkinson Smith
But there was now an absent expression in her dark blue eyes as she sat plaiting the shining gold into two thick and lustrous braids.
"Athalie" by Robert W. Chambers
Her thick hair was braided Indian fashion, her fingers adorned with many rings.
"'Me-Smith'" by Caroline Lockhart
They had braided aprons around their waists and rolled mats on their heads.
"Two Years with the Natives in the Western Pacific" by Felix Speiser
She is dressed chiefly in skins; her hair is very long, braided with beads.
"The Arrow-Maker" by Mary Austin
One of the finest of your lady's braids severed more than mid-way, and by no scissors, truly; absolutely butchered!
"The Buccaneer" by Mrs. S. C. Hall
It has much to recommend it to those who like this style of implement, and Braid always does very well with it.
"The Complete Golfer [1905]" by Harry Vardon
That afternoon they found Grandma Watterby braiding rugs under the one large tree in the side yard, and she welcomed them warmly.
"Betty Gordon in the Land of Oil" by Alice B. Emerson
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In poetry:

I gather motley flowers
And braid, braid a garland,
Sharp spears fall
At your victorious feet.
"I Gather Motley Flowers" by Mikhail Alekseevich Kuzmin
O moan not! I would give this braid—
Thy father’s gift to me—
For but a single palmful
Of water now for thee.
"An Aboriginal Mother's Lament: Early Version" by Charles Harpur
How therefore could she help but braid
The gold into my hair,
And dream that I should carry
The golden top of care?
"A Song From 'The Player Queen'" by William Butler Yeats
O moan not! I would give this braid—
Thy father’s gift to me—
For but a single palmful
Of water now for thee.
"An Aboriginal Mother's Lament: Early Version" by Charles Harpur
But because you braid your hair and taste like
honey of heaven
We go together into town to buy wine and
yellow candles.
"We Go Out Together In the Staring Town" by Kenneth Patchen
But not a sweeter fresher maid
Than this in homely cotton,
Whose pleasant face and silky braid
I have not yet forgotten.
"A Farm Walk" by Christina Georgina Rossetti

In news:

For example, Ida's friend Katya begins the book with a tiny imaginary friend that swings on her braids.
Scarlet lips, sultry eyes, and a messy-but-not braid are all you need to master this sexy, date-night look.
Hair How-to: Braided Ponytail Dream Weaver.
His hair is a crop circle of braids.
Rhinestone hair jewels add a finishing touch to the fishtail braid Catonsville High School sophomore Bridget Nilsen chose for her junior prom hair updo at Hair M in Catonsville May 5.
If I understand the terms correctly, romal /rommel reins are a round braided rawhide rein.
If I understand the terms correctly, romal/ rommel reins are a round braided rawhide rein.
With a debut album as fresh as morning dew, Braids entangle ears nationwide with their purposeful patterns of experimental rock.
Famous Galfer GREEN pads, and a steel-braided brake line.
Pyramid Pizza's slices come with a braided crust that goes well with honey.
This is why Sikh men wear turbans and why Sikh women braid their hair or wear it up.
Parents Snip Braid Compromise in Follicle Fight.
In the 1990s, slurry-sealing trends moved strongly from braided packing toward single-type heavy-duty mechanical seals.
The star of The Wild Thornberrys Movie has the carrot-colored braids of Pippi Longstocking and the fearless dedication to animals of a young Jane Goodall.
Domestic braided rug manufacturer Thorndike Mills — a division of TMI Industries — has launched a new website that the company said makes it easier for retailers to work with the mill.
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In science:

Recall that graphically, to each word of B3 correspond a particular three–strand braid, going from above downwards. (see Fig.1). A closed braid is obtained by gluing the ”top” and ”bottom” free ends on a cylinder.
Random walks on hyperbolic groups and their Riemann surfaces
However the correspondence between braids and knots (links) is not one–to–one and each link (knot) can be represented by infinite number of different braids (see [8,9]).
Random walks on hyperbolic groups and their Riemann surfaces
We study random walks on the three-strand braid group B3, and in particular compute the drift, or average topological complexity of a random braid, as well as the probability of trivial entanglement.
Random walks on the braid group B_3 and magnetic translations in hyperbolic geometry
These elements of the braid group, the half-twists, are important in themselves, as they are the key players in some geometrical and algebraical methods, the building blocks of quasipositive braids and they construct endless sets of generators for the group.
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
These algorithms perform manipulation over braid words, and we will use a combination of them in our random method for determining if an element of the braid group is a half-twist or not.
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
The W ordExtractLef t algorithm tries to drive a given positive braid word to the left of a positive braid word.
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
It determines if it is possible to write the positive braid word w in such a way that the left part of w will be a given positive braid word.
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
We make use of this algorithm as a function in the following way: W ordExtractLef t(w, w′ ), its inputs are a positive braid word w from which we are going to extract the positive braid word w′ to the left.
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
If it is possible to write w = w′w′′ for some positive braid word w′′, the return value will be w′w′′ (i.e. the braid w written as a positive word where w′ is its prefix).
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
This is Jacquemard’s solution to the braid word problem and it is cubic in the length of the braid word).
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
The idea of the algorithm is based on the fact that if w is a half-twist, then there exists a braid word q such that q−1wq = σi, for any σi generator of the braid group.
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
In this case we choose a random braid word in the length of w and conjugate w by it, resulting in a new braid word w′ which is conjugated to σk if and only if w is conjugated to σk i .
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
Proposition 3.3 Given a braid word w if the algorithm returns true, then the braid word w is a half-twist in the k th power.
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
Therefore, activation of the first braid relation will never cause a braid word to result in an incorrect result.
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
We go over all positions p in the positive braid part of the braid word w.
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
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