Definitions for silksɪlk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

silksɪlk(n.)

  1. the soft, lustrous fiber obtained as a filament from the cocoon of the silkworm.

    Category: Textiles

  2. thread made from this fiber.

    Category: Textiles

  3. cloth made from this fiber.

    Category: Textiles

  4. a garment of this cloth.

    Category: Clothing

  5. a gown of such material worn by a King's or Queen's Counsel at the English bar.

    Category: Clothing

  6. Brit. Informal. a King's or Queen's Counsel.

    Category: Informal, British

  7. silks, the blouse and peaked cap, considered together, worn by a jockey or sulky driver.

  8. any fiber or filamentous matter resembling silk, as a filament produced by certain spiders or the thread of a mollusk.

  9. the hairlike styles on an ear of corn.

  10. (adj.)made of silk.

  11. of, pertaining to, or resembling silk.

  12. (v.i.)(of corn) to be in the course of developing silk.

    Category: Botany

Idioms for silk:

  1. hit the silk,Slang. to parachute from an aircraft.

    Category: Status (usage), Idiom

Origin of silk:

bef. 900; OE sioloc, seol(o)c, ult. < Gk sērikós silken, lit., Chinese, der. of Sêres the Chinese; cf. sericeous

Princeton's WordNet

  1. silk(noun)

    a fabric made from the fine threads produced by certain insect larvae

  2. silk(noun)

    animal fibers produced by silkworms and other larvae that spin cocoons and by most spiders

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. silk(noun)ɪlk

    fine, expensive cloth

    a silk scarf

Wiktionary

  1. silk(Noun)

    A fine fiber excreted by the silkworm or other arthropod (such as a spider).

    The silk thread was barely visible.

  2. silk(Noun)

    A fine, soft cloth woven from silk fibers.

    I had a small square of silk, but it wasn't enough to make what I wanted.

  3. silk(Noun)

    The gown worn by a Senior (i.e. Queen's/King's) Counsel

  4. silk(Noun)

    a Senior (i.e. Queen's/King's) Counsel

  5. Origin: sioloc, seolc. The immediate source is uncertain; it probably reached English via the Baltic trade routes (cognates in Old Norse silki, Russian шёлк, obsolete Lithuanian zilkaĩ), all ultimately from sericum, neuter of sericus, from σηρικός, ultimately from an Oriental language (represented now by e.g. Chinese 絲). Compare Seres.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Silk(noun)

    the fine, soft thread produced by various species of caterpillars in forming the cocoons within which the worm is inclosed during the pupa state, especially that produced by the larvae of Bombyx mori

  2. Silk(noun)

    hence, thread spun, or cloth woven, from the above-named material

  3. Silk(noun)

    that which resembles silk, as the filiform styles of the female flower of maize

Freebase

  1. Silk

    Silk is a natural protein fibre, some forms of which can be woven into textiles. The protein fibre of silk is composed mainly of fibroin and produced by certain insect larvae to form cocoons. The best-known type of silk is obtained from the cocoons of the larvae of the mulberry silkworm Bombyx mori reared in captivity. The shimmering appearance of silk is due to the triangular prism-like structure of the silk fibre, which allows silk cloth to refract incoming light at different angles, thus producing different colors. Silks are produced by several other insects, but generally only the silk of moth caterpillars has been used for textile manufacturing. There has been some research into other silks, which differ at the molecular level. Many silks are mainly produced by the larvae of insects undergoing complete metamorphosis, but some adult insects such as webspinners produce silk, and some insects such as raspy crickets produce silk throughout their lives. Silk production also occurs in Hymenoptera, silverfish, mayflies, thrips, leafhoppers, beetles, lacewings, fleas, flies and midges. Other types of arthropod produce silk, most notably various arachnids such as spiders.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Silk

    A continuous protein fiber consisting primarily of FIBROINS. It is synthesized by a variety of INSECTS and ARACHNIDS.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'silk' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4080

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'silk' in Nouns Frequency: #1626


Translations for silk

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

silk(noun)

very fine, soft threads made by silkworms.

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