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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n satin a smooth fabric of silk or rayon; has a glossy face and a dull back
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Satin A silk cloth, of a thick, close texture, and overshot woof, which has a glossy surface. "Cloths of gold and satins rich of hue."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n satin A silk material of which the surface is very glossy, and the back not as lustrous as the face. The high luster of the surface is produced partly by the quality of the silk, partly by the weaving, and partly by dressing with hot rollers. Satins are sometimes figured, and sometimes the background of a raised velvet is satin, so that the stuff may be called a satin with a velvet pattern, or more generally velvet with satin ground.
    • satin Made of satin: as, a satin dress.
    • satin Of the nature of satin; pertaining to or resembling satin; having a satin surface.
    • satin To give a satin finish to; make smooth and glossy on the surface like satin.
    • n satin A yellow mixture applied to the flesh side of a hide or skin to get a yellow back.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Satin sat′in a closely woven silk with a lustrous and unbroken surface, sometimes figured
    • adj Satin made of satin: resembling satin
    • v.t Satin to make smooth and glossy like satin
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  • Dorothy Parker
    “Where's the man could ease a heart, like a satin gown?”
  • Liz Smith
    Liz Smith
    “Gossip is news running ahead of itself in a red satin dress.”
  • Billie Holiday
    Billie Holiday
    “You can be up to your boobies in white satin, with gardenias in your hair and no sugar cane for miles, but you can still be working on a plantation.”
  • Nathaniel P. Willis
    Nathaniel P. Willis
    “Vulgarity is more obvious in satin than in homespun.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. satin,cf. Pg. setim,), fr. It. setino, from seta, silk, L. saeta, seta, a thick, stiff hair, a bristle; or possibly ultimately of Chinese origin; cf. Chin. sz-tün, sz-twan,. Cf. Sateen


In literature:

One would expect to find her in pink satin.
"Explorers of the Dawn" by Mazo de la Roche
To go so far without permission and in satin shoes!
"Honey-Bee" by Anatole France
Ought I to have satin, or chiffon, or blue net, or what?
"The Job" by Sinclair Lewis
And I will have old English monograms in satin-stitch upon everything.
"Vixen, Volume II." by M. E. Braddon
The two little bridesmaids wore dresses of white cashmere, also made with high neck and long sleeves, and trimmed with white satin.
"Her Mother's Secret" by Emma D. E. N. Southworth
All the colored satin slippers I want.
"The Rose Garden Husband" by Margaret Widdemer
We were received at the platform by a numerous party of chiefs, handsomely dressed in silks, satins, and gold embroidery.
"Borneo and the Indian Archipelago" by Frank S. Marryat
A drop of cosmetique on satin slippers or silk stockings will never come out.
"The Art of Stage Dancing" by Ned Wayburn
Now, in order to make a good appearance at court the new doctor resolved to have an entire suit made of pale blue satin.
"The Olive Fairy Book" by Various
A porter in white satin hurried forward to take Amabel's luggage.
"The Magic World" by Edith Nesbit
There is a gray satin on the bed there, that will make a very pretty dinner-dress.
"Theo" by Mrs. Frances Hodgson Burnett
The case is joined with narrow white satin ribbon.
"Harper's Young People, November 11, 1879" by Various
Satin-stitch, however, need not be, and never was, confined to work upon silk or satin.
"Art in Needlework" by Lewis F. Day
The door opened, and Tilia was there, dressed in a long green silk tunic and a yellow satin surcoat.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
A slender, pale yellow satin tie adorned his soft white, heavily frilled shirt front.
"When Dreams Come True" by Ritter Brown
White satin with crystal?
"Robinetta" by Kate Douglas Wiggin
I have some narrow satin ribbon of a colour that will just match it.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
My wedding dress was white satin with a train.
"Chicken Little Jane on the Big John" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
The coat was lined with cream-colored satin, quilted in a most elaborate pattern; and his necktie was of satin, too, with embroidered ends.
"The Story of a New York House" by Henry Cuyler Bunner
The back was fluted in white satin, enriched with the Royal Arms in burnished gold.
"Gossip in the First Decade of Victoria's Reign" by John Ashton

In poetry:

From your blaze alone,
Satin flames of force,
Duty's breath is blown;
No one says : of course.
"Time Without End" by Arthur Rimbaud
Satin glows in candlelight-
Satin's for the proud!
They will say who watch at night,
"What a fine shroud!"
"The Satin Dress" by Dorothy Parker
'If ever I walk to church to wed,
As other maidens use,
And face the gathered eyes,' she said,
'I'll go in satin shoes!'
"The Satin Shoes" by Thomas Hardy
And yonder is the mountain glen,
Where sings in trees unstirred
By breath of breeze or axe of men
The shining satin-bird.
"Heath from the Highlands" by Henry Kendall
The time arrived when it was meet
That she should be a bride;
The satin shoes were on her feet,
Her father was at her side.
"The Satin Shoes" by Thomas Hardy
The braver fell on the dewy sward:
The unloved lover returned once more;
In yellow satin the lady came
And met him at the door.
"A Ballad Of The Mist" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop

In news:

Jessica Alba keeps satin slippers by her front door for guests.
Satin Finish plays free show.
Satin Finish performs an all-ages show Friday Oct 19 as part of the Free Uptown Concert Series.
Satin moths found in Spooner Lake area.
An adult satin moth is shown.
Poster Plus Satin Photorealistic Paper by InteliCoat Technologies.
Satin up, Baxter DL.
As reported earlier at, corner fielder Josh Satin has been promoted to take the roster spot of Mike Baxter.
Satin waiting on Wright verdict.
Courtesy of New York Mets Josh Satin .
Josh Satin plans to represent Israel in the expanded World Baseball Classic, which will take place during spring training in 2013.
Satin Among Players Optioned to Minors.
Patrick Smith/Getty Images Josh Satin made his major league debut Sunday, starting at first base.
NEW YORK — Two fresh faces arrived in the Mets' clubhouse today, an infielder named Josh Satin and a pitcher named Josh Stinson, which means Terry Collins still commands a clubhouse featuring 27 players.
Satin Named To Post Season All-Star Team.

In science:

Shephard, Satins and twills: An introduction to the geometry of fabrics, Math.
Isonemal prefabrics with only parallel axes of symmetry
All of the rectangular satins, which have always been of interest, are of this type, and we pause to consider them.
Isonemal Prefabrics with Perpendicular Axes of Symmetry
Rectangular satins Rectangular satins are the simplest examples of species 26.
Isonemal Prefabrics with Perpendicular Axes of Symmetry
In species 26o, satins result from darkening cells containing half-turn centres along alternate mirrors.
Isonemal Prefabrics with Perpendicular Axes of Symmetry
In species 26e, satins result from darkening alternate cells containing half-turn centres along the mirrors containing just them in such a way that, along the perpendicular mirrors, such cells are either all dark or all not.
Isonemal Prefabrics with Perpendicular Axes of Symmetry
The horizontal distance moved, ca + db cells, is the satin offset s or n − s, where n is the order.
Isonemal Prefabrics with Perpendicular Axes of Symmetry
Rectangular satins are of two kinds, those of even order not divisible by 4 and those of order divisible by 4, falling in the species 26o and 26e respectively. A satin results from distributing dark cells in the way characteristic of a satin, as in Figure 4a.
Isonemal Prefabrics with Perpendicular Axes of Symmetry
This n is the order of the satin that is the basis, but the order of the resulting fabric 4ab = 24, half its two-dimensional period and always divisible by 4, by 8 if b is even (11e ). A fabric example with this group is illustrated in Figure 5a.
Isonemal Prefabrics with Perpendicular Axes of Symmetry
Rhombic satins Rhombic satins are the simplest examples of Roth type 28.
Isonemal Prefabrics with Perpendicular Axes of Symmetry
Two of its subtypes have been illustrated by them, 28e by even-order rhombic satins and 28o by odd-order rhombic satins.
Isonemal Prefabrics with Perpendicular Axes of Symmetry
Those of even order require that either the cells containing the corners of the rhombic lattice unit be darkened or the centre since both fall in cells as in the (8, 3) satin in Figure 13a.
Isonemal Prefabrics with Perpendicular Axes of Symmetry
The even and the odd satins, however, are essentially distinct.
Isonemal Prefabrics with Perpendicular Axes of Symmetry
The family of even rhombic satins like (8, 3) begin by being based on a central rectangle with corners havingtwill spacing and then with rectangular-satin spacing with central-rectangle corners at cell corners.
Isonemal Prefabrics with Perpendicular Axes of Symmetry
The family of odd rhombic satins like (15, 11) does not begin with central rectangle corners at twill spacing because, as the 2/1 twill illustrates, that spacing with corners on cell boundaries gives rise to twills not satins.
Isonemal Prefabrics with Perpendicular Axes of Symmetry
Column 3 lists rectangular satins that might be expected to be rhombic.
Isonemal Prefabrics with Perpendicular Axes of Symmetry