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cloth

 (klôth, klŏth)
n. pl. cloths (klôths, klôthz, klŏths, klŏthz)
1. Fabric or material formed by weaving, knitting, pressing, or felting natural or synthetic fibers.
2. A piece of fabric or material used for a specific purpose, as a tablecloth.
3. Nautical
a. Canvas.
b. A sail.
4. The characteristic attire of a profession, especially that of the clergy.
5. The clergy: a man of the cloth.
Idiom:
in cloth
With a clothbound binding; as a clothbound book.

[Middle English, from Old English clāth.]

cloth

(klɒθ)
n, pl cloths (klɒθs; klɒðz)
1. (Textiles)
a. a fabric formed by weaving, felting, or knitting wool, cotton, etc
b. (as modifier): a cloth bag.
2. (Textiles) a piece of such fabric used for a particular purpose, as for a dishcloth
3. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the cloth
a. the clothes worn by a clergyman
b. the clergy
4. (Clothing & Fashion) obsolete clothing
5. (Nautical Terms) nautical any of the panels of a sail
6. (Theatre) chiefly Brit a piece of coloured fabric, used on the stage as scenery
7. (Clothing & Fashion) W African a garment in a traditional non-European style
[Old English clāth; related to Old Frisian klēth, Middle High German kleit cloth, clothing]

cloth

(klɔθ, klɒθ)

n., pl. cloths (klôtz, klotz, klôths, kloths),
adj. n.
1. a fabric made by weaving, felting, or knitting from wool, silk, cotton, flax, nylon, polyester, etc.: used for garments, upholstery, etc.
2. a piece of such a fabric for a particular purpose: an altar cloth.
3. the particular attire of any profession, esp. that of the clergy.
4. the cloth, the clergy: men of the cloth.
adj.
5. of or made of cloth.
6. clothbound.
[before 900; Middle English cloth, clath cloth, garment, Old English clāth, c. Old Frisian klāth, klēth, Middle Dutch kleet, Middle High German kleit]
cloth′like`, adj.

clothes

clothingcloth
1. 'clothes'

Clothes /kləʊðz/ are things you wear, such as shirts, trousers, dresses, and coats.

I took off all my clothes.

Be Careful!
There is no singular form of clothes. In formal English, you can talk about a garment, a piece of clothing, or an article of clothing, but in ordinary conversation, you usually name the piece of clothing you are talking about.

2. 'clothing'

Clothing /'kləʊðɪŋ/ is the clothes people wear. You often use clothing to talk about particular types of clothes, for example winter clothing or warm clothing. Clothing is an uncountable noun. Don't talk about 'clothings' or 'a clothing'.

Wear protective clothing.
Some locals offered food and clothing to the refugees.
3. 'cloth'

Cloth /klɒθ/ is fabric such as wool or cotton that is used for making such things as clothes.

I cut up strips of cotton cloth.
The women wove cloth for a living.

When cloth is used like this, it is an uncountable noun.

A cloth is a piece of fabric used for cleaning or dusting. The plural form of cloth is cloths, not 'clothes'.

Clean with a soft cloth dipped in warm soapy water.
Don't leave damp cloths in a cupboard.

cloth

A piece of canvas scenery suspended from above: a backcloth at the rear of the stage, or a cloth with shapes cut from it so that the audience can see beyond.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cloth - artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fiberscloth - artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers; "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress"
artefact, artifact - a man-made object taken as a whole
aba - a fabric woven from goat hair and camel hair
acrylic - a synthetic fabric
Aertex - a trademark for a loosely woven cotton fabric that is used to make shirts and underwear
alpaca - a thin glossy fabric made of the wool of the Lama pacos, or made of a rayon or cotton imitation of that wool
baize - a bright green fabric napped to resemble felt; used to cover gaming tables
basket weave - a cloth woven of two or more threads interlaced to suggest the weave of a basket
batik - a dyed fabric; a removable wax is used where the dye is not wanted
batiste - a thin plain-weave cotton or linen fabric; used for shirts or dresses
belting - the material of which belts are made
bombazine - a twilled fabric used for dresses; the warp is silk and the weft is worsted; "black bombazine is frequently used for mourning garments"
boucle - a fabric of uneven yarn that has an uneven knobby effect
broadcloth - a closely woven silk or synthetic fabric with a narrow crosswise rib
broadcloth - a densely textured woolen fabric with a lustrous finish
brocade - thick heavy expensive material with a raised pattern
buckram - a coarse cotton fabric stiffened with glue; used in bookbinding and to stiffen clothing
bunting - a loosely woven fabric used for flags, etc.
calico - coarse cloth with a bright print
cambric - a finely woven white linen
camelhair, camel's hair - a soft tan cloth made with the hair of a camel
camlet - a fabric of Asian origin; originally made of silk and camel's hair
camo, camouflage - fabric dyed with splotches of green and brown and black and tan; intended to make the wearer of a garment made of this fabric hard to distinguish from the background
canopy - the umbrellalike part of a parachute that fills with air
canvas, canvass - a heavy, closely woven fabric (used for clothing or chairs or sails or tents)
cashmere - a soft fabric made from the wool of the Cashmere goat
cerecloth - a waterproof waxed cloth once used as a shroud
challis - a soft lightweight fabric (usually printed)
chambray - a lightweight fabric woven with white threads across a colored warp
chenille - a heavy fabric woven with chenille cord; used in rugs and bedspreads
chiffon - a sheer fabric of silk or rayon
chino - a coarse twilled cotton fabric frequently used for uniforms
chintz - a brightly printed and glazed cotton fabric
coating - a heavy fabric suitable for coats
cobweb - a fabric so delicate and transparent as to resemble a web of a spider
corduroy, cord - a cut pile fabric with vertical ribs; usually made of cotton
cotton - fabric woven from cotton fibers
Canton flannel, cotton flannel - a stout cotton fabric with nap on only one side
crape, crepe - a soft thin light fabric with a crinkled surface
cretonne - an unglazed heavy fabric; brightly printed; used for slipcovers and draperies
crinoline - a stiff coarse fabric used to stiffen hats or clothing
damask - a fabric of linen or cotton or silk or wool with a reversible pattern woven into it
dungaree, jean, denim - a coarse durable twill-weave cotton fabric
diamante - fabric covered with glittering ornaments such as sequins or rhinestones
diaper - a fabric (usually cotton or linen) with a distinctive woven pattern of small repeated figures
dimity - a strong cotton fabric with a raised pattern; used for bedcovers and curtains
doeskin - a fine smooth soft woolen fabric
drapery - cloth gracefully draped and arranged in loose folds
duck - a heavy cotton fabric of plain weave; used for clothing and tents
duffel, duffle - a coarse heavy woolen fabric
edging - border consisting of anything placed on the edge to finish something (such as a fringe on clothing or on a rug)
elastic - a fabric made of yarns containing an elastic material
etamin, etamine - a soft cotton or worsted fabric with an open mesh; used for curtains or clothing etc.
faille - a ribbed woven fabric of silk or rayon or cotton
felt - a fabric made of compressed matted animal fibers
vulcanized fiber, fibre, fiber - a leatherlike material made by compressing layers of paper or cloth
flannel - a soft light woolen fabric; used for clothing
flannelette - a cotton fabric imitating flannel
fleece - a soft bulky fabric with deep pile; used chiefly for clothing
foulard - a light plain-weave or twill-weave silk or silklike fabric (usually with a printed design)

cloth

noun fabric, material, textiles, dry goods, stuff She covered the tray with a piece of cloth.
Translations
قُمَاشقُمَاشٌ للتَنْظِيفقِماش، غِطاءالمائِدَه
látkatkaninahadr
klædekludstoftøjdug
StoffTuchPutzfetzenSegel
ŝtofo
kangasvaate
krpatkanina
törlõrongy
klæîi; dúkur; vefnaîur
ふきん布地
audinys
audumsdrānalupata
blagokrpaprttkanina
trasatyg
ผ้า
giẻ lauvải

cloth

[klɒθ]
A. N
1. (= material) → paño m, tela f
bound in clothencuadernado en tela
2. (for cleaning) → trapo m
3. (= tablecloth) → mantel m
to lay the clothponer la mesa
4. (Rel) the clothel clero
a man of the clothun clérigo
B. CPD cloth cap N (Brit) → gorra f de paño

cloth

[ˈklɒθ] n
(= material) → tissu m, étoffe f
(for cleaning)chiffon m
Wipe it with a damp cloth → Nettoyez-le avec un chiffon humide.
(British) (also tea towel) → torchon m
(also tablecloth) → nappe fcloth cap n (British)casquette f (d'ouvrier)

cloth

n
Tuch nt, → Stoff m; (as book cover) → Leinen nt; a nice piece of clothein schöner Stoff, ein gutes Tuch; cloth of goldgoldenes Tuch
(= dishcloth, tea cloth etc)Tuch nt; (for cleaning also) → Lappen m; (= tablecloth)Tischdecke f, → Tischtuch nt
no pl (Eccl) a man of the clothein geistlicher Herr; the clothder geistliche Stand, die Geistlichkeit

cloth

:
clothbound
adj bookin Leinen (gebunden)
cloth cap

cloth

:
cloth-eared
adj (inf)doof (inf)
cloth-ears
n sing (inf)Doofmann m (inf)

cloth

[klɒθ] n (material) → tessuto, stoffa; (for cleaning) → panno, straccio (Brit) (also teacloth) → telo per i piatti (also tablecloth) → tovaglia
a man of the cloth (Rel) → un religioso, un ecclesiastico

cloth

(kloθ) plural cloths (kloθs (American) klo:ðz) noun
(a piece of) woven material from which clothes and many other items are made. a tablecloth; a face-cloth; a floor-cloth; Woollen cloth is often more expensive than other cloths.

cloth

قُمَاش, قُمَاشٌ للتَنْظِيف hadr, látka klæde, klud Stoff, Tuch πανί paño, tela, trapo kangas tissu, torchon krpa, tkanina panno, strofinaccio ふきん, 布地 doek, doekje klede, klut ściereczka, tkanina pano ткань, тряпка trasa, tyg ผ้า bez, kumaş giẻ lau, vải , 抹布
References in classic literature ?
One day two impostors arrived who gave themselves out as weavers, and said that they knew how to manufacture the most beautiful cloth imaginable.
From that date Tietjens wore a collar of rough silver and employed a monogram on her night blanket, and the blanket was double-woven Kashmir cloth, for she was a delicate dog.
All the people throughout the city had heard of the wonderful property the cloth was to possess; and all were anxious to learn how wise, or how ignorant, their neighbors might prove to be.
And the lady, to give the devil his due, is a very good sort of lady, and loves the cloth, and is always desirous to do strict justice to it; for she hath begged off many a poor soldier, and, by her good-will, would never have any of them punished.
Mother Simon wiped it away with a cloth, saying inwardly that some day she would have to go through the same thing herself.
He rubbed my legs and my chest, but he did not put my warm cloth on me; he thought I was so hot I should not like it.
Among these the most important was the manufacture of the native cloth,--'tappa',--so well known, under various modifications, throughout the whole Polynesian Archipelago.
It so happened, then, that as I was one day on the terrace of our prison with three other comrades, trying, to pass away the time, how far we could leap with our chains, we being alone, for all the other Christians had gone out to work, I chanced to raise my eyes, and from one of these little closed windows I saw a reed appear with a cloth attached to the end of it, and it kept waving to and fro, and moving as if making signs to us to come and take it.
She flung wild glances, like those of an entrapped animal, up and down the big whitewashed room that panted with heat and that was thickly humid with the steam that sizzled from the damp cloth under the irons of the many ironers.
When he entered I observed that he carried no umbrella, and certainly had not come in his carriage, for his tarpaulin hat ran down with melting sleet, and his great pilot cloth jacket seemed almost to drag him to the floor with the weight of the water it had absorbed.
Then she felt for the little piece of wood; but when she unwrapped the cloth it was not there, and she saw she had lost the gift of the good stars.
With the very first pennies I make, I'll buy Father a new cloth coat.