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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.
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(ˈtʌf tɪŋ)

1. the act or process of making tufts.
2. tufts collectively, esp. as decoration.
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Hypnos Contract Beds Ltd is bringing the traditional British method of tufting mattresses to the UAE.
Tufting of the hair is caused by clustering of the adjacent follicular units due to the retention of telogen hairs within a dilated follicular orifice (2).
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.
Shaw owns one of two $1.6 million tufting machines in the world, which the company will use to further develop its rug lines, Meadows said.
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.
In the last 50 years, as weaving evolved and tufting was invented, man-made fibers augmented the naturals -- grass, cotton and wool.
"They are handcrafted on a four-needle table-top tufting machine in 100 percent cotton, with a suggested retail from $12.99 to $14.99," she explained.
Allan Wagenheim, president and chief executive of Trans Ocean, said, "Hand-tufted rugs have always been a very good category, but the market seems to be really expanding right now -- and much of the growth is due to new ways in which the tufting techniques can be utilized to make some very exciting products.