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muslin

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n muslin plain-woven cotton fabric
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Muslin A thin cotton, white, dyed, or printed. The name is also applied to coarser and heavier cotton goods; as, shirting and sheeting muslins . In sheeting, muslin is not as finely woven as percale.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n muslin Cotton cloth of different kinds finely made and finished for wearing-apparel, the term being used variously at different times and places. A very fine and soft uncolored cloth made in India; also, any imitation of it made in Europe. The India muslin is known by different names, according to its place of manufacture and its fineness and beauty. See mull.
    • n muslin A material somewhat stouter than India muslin, used for women's dresses, plain or printed with colored patterns, or having a slight dotted pattern woven in the stuff. Also jaconet and organdie, according to its fineness.
    • n muslin In some parts of the United States, cotton cloth used for shirts, other articles of wearing-apparel, bedding, etc.
    • n muslin One of several different moths: a collectors' name. A bombycid moth, as the round-winged muslin, Nudaria senex. The pale muslin is N. mundana.
    • n muslin Muslin with figures printed in color on it.
    • muslin Made of muslin: as, a muslin dress.
    • n muslin A general term for a vessel's Canvas.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Muslin muz′lin a fine soft cotton fabric resembling gauze in appearance, but woven plain without any looping of the warp threads on the weft—generally uncoloured: a coarser fabric than Indian muslin, printed with coloured patterns, &c.:
    • adj Muslin made of muslin
    • n Muslin muz′lin (U.S.) cotton cloth for shirts, bedding, &c.: a collector's name for several different moths
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. mousseline,; cf. It. mussolino, mussolo, Sp. muselina,; all from Mussoul, a city of Mesopotamia, Ar. Mausil, Syr. Mauzol, Muzol, Mosul, where it was first manufactured. Cf. Mull a kind of cloth
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. mousseline—It. mussolino, from Mosul in Mesopotamia.

Usage

In literature:

Lastly, on July 9 I put only water and milk on my table, taking care to wrap up the bottles in white muslin and to tie down the stoppers.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 1 (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant
This weave is used in nearly all cotton goods, as in muslins, sheetings, calicoes, ginghams, and thin woolen goods.
"Textiles and Clothing" by Kate Heintz Watson
Starching Muslins and Laces.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
And your dress of muslin that the lady in Newry gave you.
"The Wind Bloweth" by Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
Judith came down in a soft old muslin, pale violet, open at the throat.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Muslin won't do at all.
"Molly Bawn" by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
The sun had come out, and shone through the muslin curtains upon her pretty face and soft brown hair.
"Nell, of Shorne Mills" by Charles Garvice
Price 50 cents; or handsomely bound in muslin, gilt, price 75 cents.
"Helen and Arthur" by Caroline Lee Hentz
The one Sally wanted me to wear at West Point is a little white thing, of embroidered India muslin.
"Lady Betty Across the Water"
His feet, in their black satin slippers and tight-fitting white muslin socks, were austere and aristocratic.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
On the floor were spread some old green muslin curtains that had once been used for private theatricals or something.
"Marjorie's Busy Days" by Carolyn Wells
Make one kind with sleeves and one just like it without sleeves, then white muslin skirts (if they are desired), all the same way.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
There was a pretty embroidered India muslin that her sister Electa had given her.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
So she made one of some white barred muslin she had and put it up.
"A Missionary Twig" by Emma L. Burnett
This weave is used in the production of sheeting, muslin, lawn, gingham, broadcloth, taffeta, etc.
"Textiles" by William H. Dooley
She wore a robe of white muslin.
"Hortense, Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
Muslin curtains appeared in the windows, and rows of cans, with blossoming plants, adorned the sills.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
She shook out the sprigged muslin and gave it to the old man to press.
"The Comings of Cousin Ann" by Emma Speed Sampson
To-day she wore a pink-spotted muslin dress and a straw hat, with pink ribbon.
"The Limit" by Ada Leverson
Tie the spices loosely in very thin muslin so they may not be skimmed off.
"Dishes & Beverages of the Old South" by Martha McCulloch Williams
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In poetry:

Ah, love, just two years have gone
Since then. I remember, you
Wore a dress of billowy blue
Muslin, or of lawn.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part II" by Madison Julius Cawein
So still, the muslin o'er her heart
Seemed with no breath to stir,
As silently she sat and heard
The tale I told to her.
"The Knight Of Normandy" by Marietta Holley
Here is a scrap of red and brown,
Like the old washer-woman's gown;
And here is muslin, pink and green,
And bits of calico between;
"The Sparrow's Nest" by Mary Botham Howitt
Till I seemed to have and hold,
In the vacancy
'Twixt the wall and me,
From the hair-plait's chestnut gold
To the foot in its muslin fold—-
"Mesmerism" by Robert Browning
Say, Delia, why, in muslin shade,
Ah! say, dost thou conceal those eyes?
Such little stars were never made,
I'm sure, to shine thro' misty skies.
"Lines To Delia On Her Wearing A Muslin Veil" by Sir John Carr
"I watched her to-day; a more comely maid,
As she danced in her muslin bowed with blue,
Round a Hintock maypole never gayed."
—"Aye, aye; I watched her this day, too,
As it happens," the Sergeant said.
"San Sebastian" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

From the creators of the original muslin swaddling blanket company.
These extremely popular muslin cotton swaddles are great for not only swaddling babies but as stroller covers, nursing covers, burp cloths and so much more.
Bell's daughter, Elenore Simotas, invited her class over to decorate their muslin covered sofas from John Derian.
Inc in Rancho Dominguez, CA goes through hundreds of square yards of silk, muslin, canvas, and polyester.
Lightweight fabric & muslin (amount according to pattern envelope).
Muslin is one of the earliest cotton cloths.
Original muslin was not bleached or finished and had a rough, unrefined texture.
The light weave of the muslin keeps both mom and baby cool in the heat and warm when chilly.
Muslin is one of the earliest cotton cloths.
Might they mean "MUSLIN" tunics (since that was the clothing of the day).
The 78-year-old Chanel designer described the pleated muslin and organza dress with a ruffled collar as "perfect" for the pregnant bride .
The dress is made of Nainsook muslin with a tatted yoke.
But please Mr President, I truly need your reason for insisting a 15 minute movie could cause Muslims to kill our people, and attempt more murders all over the Muslin territory.
The Venezuelan poodle moth is even more bizarre-looking than your run-of-the-mill muslin moth .
Muslin event marked with prayer, charity.
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