Definitions for silksɪlk
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the soft, lustrous fiber obtained as a filament from the cocoon of the silkworm.
thread made from this fiber.
cloth made from this fiber.
a garment of this cloth.
a gown of such material worn by a King's or Queen's Counsel at the English bar.
Brit. Informal. a King's or Queen's Counsel.
Category: Informal, British
silks, the blouse and peaked cap, considered together, worn by a jockey or sulky driver.
any fiber or filamentous matter resembling silk, as a filament produced by certain spiders or the thread of a mollusk.
the hairlike styles on an ear of corn.
(adj.)made of silk.
of, pertaining to, or resembling silk.
(v.i.)(of corn) to be in the course of developing silk.
Idioms for silk:
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
a fabric made from the fine threads produced by certain insect larvae
animal fibers produced by silkworms and other larvae that spin cocoons and by most spiders
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
fine, expensive cloth
a silk scarf
A fine fiber excreted by the silkworm or other arthropod (such as a spider).
The silk thread was barely visible.
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.
The gown worn by a Senior (i.e. Queen's/King's) Counsel
a Senior (i.e. Queen's/King's) Counsel
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.
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
hence, thread spun, or cloth woven, from the above-named material
that which resembles silk, as the filiform styles of the female flower of maize
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
A continuous protein fiber consisting primarily of FIBROINS. It is synthesized by a variety of INSECTS and ARACHNIDS.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'silk' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4080
Rank popularity for the word 'silk' in Nouns Frequency: #1626
Translations for silk
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
very fine, soft threads made by silkworms.
- sedaPortuguese (BR)
- die SeideGerman
- svila, svilena nitCroatian
- benang suteraIndonesian
- دريښم، وريښمين ټوكر يا تارPashto
- 絲，綢Chinese (Trad.)
- шовк, шовкові ниткиUkrainian
- ریشم کا دھاگاUrdu
- 丝，绸Chinese (Simp.)
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