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1. A short cluster of elongated strands, as of yarn, hair, or grass, attached at the base or growing close together.
2. A dense clump, especially of trees or bushes.
v. tuft·ed, tuft·ing, tufts
1. To furnish or ornament with tufts or a tuft.
2. To pass threads through the layers of (a quilt, mattress, or upholstery), securing the thread ends with a knot or button.
1. To separate or form into tufts.
2. To grow in a tuft.

[Middle English, probably alteration of Old French tofe, from Late Latin tufa, helmet crest, or of Germanic origin.]

tuft′er n.
tuft′y adj.


(ˈtʌf tɪŋ)

1. the act or process of making tufts.
2. tufts collectively, esp. as decoration.
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The base has an upper surface and a lower surface and the base is tufted through with a tufting material to form a number of tufts on the base upper surface and a number of tufting material loops on the base lower surface.
Tufted broadloom, in which the United States leads the world, is made in large quantities on tufting machines.
Similarly, Alex Peykar, principal of Nourison, points to the success of his company's Nourison 2000 collection, also constructed with wool and silk, and featuring a tufting density comparable to a hand-knotted rug with about 250 knots per inch.