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woof, weft, filling, pick(noun)
the yarn woven across the warp yarn in weaving
The horizontal threads that are interlaced through the warp in a woven fabric.
The yarn used for the weft; the fill.
In hairdressing, a hair extension that is glued directly to someone's natural hair.
Origin: From the word wefan ("to weave")
imp. & p. p. of Wave
a thing waved, waived, or cast away; a waif
the woof of cloth; the threads that cross the warp from selvage to selvage; the thread carried by the shuttle in weaving
a web; a thing woven
Origin: [Cf. Waif.]
In weaving the weft is the term for the thread or yarn which is drawn through the warp yarns to create cloth. Warp is the lengthwise or longitudinal thread in a roll, while weft is the transverse thread. A single thread of the weft, crossing the warp, is called a pick. Terms do vary. The weft is a thread or yarn made of spun fibre. The original fibres used were wool, flax or cotton. Today, man-made fibres are often used in weaving. Because the weft does not have to be stretched on a loom in the way that the warp is, it can generally be less strong. The weft is threaded through the warp using a "shuttle", air jets or "rapier grippers." Hand looms were the original weaver's tool, with the shuttle being threaded through alternately raised warps by hand. Inventions during the 18th century spurred the Industrial Revolution, with the "picking stick" and the "flying shuttle" speeding up production of cloth. The power loom patented by Edmund Cartwright in 1785 allowed sixty picks per minute.
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