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Embroidery definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

EMBROID'ERY, n. Work in gold, silver or silk thread, formed by the needle on cloth, stuffs and muslin, into various figures; variegated needle-work.
1. Variegation or diversity of figures and colors; as the natural embroidery of meadows.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: elaboration of an interpretation by the use of decorative (sometimes fictitious) detail; "the mystery has been heightened by many embellishments in subsequent retellings" [syn: embellishment, embroidery]
2: decorative needlework [syn: embroidery, fancywork]

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural -deries) Date: 14th century 1. a. the art or process of forming decorative designs with hand or machine needlework b. a design or decoration formed by or as if by embroidery c. an object decorated with embroidery 2. elaboration by use of decorative and often fictitious detail 3. something pleasing or desirable but unimportant <considered the humanities mere educational embroidery>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. -ies) 1 the art of embroidering. 2 embroidered work; a piece of this. 3 unnecessary or extravagant ornament. Etymology: ME f. AF enbrouderie (as EMBROIDER)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Embroidery Em*broid"er*y, n.; pl. Embroideries. 1. Needlework used to enrich textile fabrics, leather, etc.; also, the art of embroidering. 2. Diversified ornaments, especially by contrasted figures and colors; variegated decoration. Fields in spring's embroidery are dressed. --Addison. A mere rhetorical embroidery of phrases. --J. A. Symonds.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(embroideries) 1. Embroidery consists of designs stitched into cloth. The shorts had blue embroidery over the pockets... N-VAR 2. Embroidery is the activity of stitching designs onto cloth. She learned sewing, knitting and embroidery.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

em-broid'-er-i (riqrnah; the King James Version Needlework):

Riqmah was applied to any kind of cloth which showed designs in variegated colors. The method of manufacture is unknown. The designs may have been woven into cloth or drawn in by a needle or hook (Jud 5:30; Ps 45:14; Eze 16:10,13,18; 26:16; 27:7,16,24).

Ma`aseh raqam is translated "the work of the embroiderer" in the Revised Version (British and American) instead of "needlework" (Ex 26:36; 27:16; 28:39; 36:37; 38:18; 39:29; Jud 5:30; Ps 45:14).

Raqam, "embroiderer," occurs in Ex 35:35; 38:23. The fact that this word is used instead of `aragh, "weaver," would lead us to suppose that the embroiderers' work was either different from that of the weaver or that a "raqam" was especially skilled in fine weaving. Another word, choshebh, is used to describe a skillful weaver. "Cunning work" in the King James Version of Ex 26:1,31; 28:6,15; 35:33,15; 36:8,35; 39:3,1 is rendered in the American Standard Revised Version "work of the skillful workmen." The passage has been freely rendered "designers."

In the Revised Version (British and American) of Ex 28:39 shabhats is translated "weave."

In Ex 28:4 occurs the word tashbets, which is translated "broidered" in the King James Version and "checker work" in the Revised Version (British and American). If this kind of work is what it is supposed to be, it is more truly "needlework" than the embroidery. This work is still done in some of the Syrian cities and towns, especially in Damascus. Small caps for men to wear under their ordinary headdress and loose outer garments or dressing-gowns are the forms in which it is commonly seen. The checker-work effect is obtained by sewing in a cotton string between two pieces of cloth, so as to form designs. The patterns Usually run to straight lines such as zigzags or squares. The effect is striking, and we can well imagine would have made an impressive priest's robe, especially if costly materials were used.

See also CRAFTS.

James A. Patch

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Variegated needle-work.

Moby Thesaurus

adjunct, adornment, applique, arrangement, basting, beauties, binding, buttonholing, color, color patterns, colors, colors of rhetoric, crochet, decor, decoration, elaboration, elegant variation, embellishment, emblazonment, emblazonry, figure, figure of speech, fine writing, floridity, floridness, flourish, flower arrangement, floweriness, flowers of speech, frill, furniture arrangement, garnish, garnishment, garniture, illumination, knitting, lushness, luxuriance, macrame, needlepoint, netting, ornament, ornamentation, petit point, purple patches, quilting, ribbing, tatting, trim, trimming, window dressing


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