synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of fabric in English

English Online Dictionary. What means fabric‎? What does fabric mean?


Alternative forms

  • fabrick (obsolete)


Borrowed from French fabrique, from Latin fabrica (a workshop, art, trade, product of art, structure, fabric), from faber (artisan, workman). Doublet of forge, borrowed from Old French.


  • IPA(key): /ˈfæb.ɹɪk/


fabric (countable and uncountable, plural fabrics)

  1. (archaic) Structure, building.
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Milton
      Anon out of the earth a fabric huge / Rose like an exhalation.
  2. (archaic) The act of constructing, construction, fabrication.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Milman
      Tithe was received by the bishop [] for the fabric of the churches for the poor.
  3. (archaic) The structure of anything, the manner in which the parts of a thing are united; workmanship, texture, make.
    cloth of a beautiful fabric
  4. The framework underlying a structure.
    the fabric of our lives
    the fabric of the universe
  5. A material made of fibers, a textile or cloth.
    cotton fabric
  6. (petrology) The appearance of crystalline grains in a rock.
  7. (computing) Interconnected nodes that look like a textile fabric when diagrammed.
    The Internet is a fabric of computers connected by routers.


  • See also Thesaurus:fabric


  • Irish: fabraic


See also

  • Appendix:Fabrics

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