Silk definition

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To develop silk. Used of corn.
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Composed of or similar to the fiber or the fabric silk.
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The fine, soft, shiny fiber produced by silkworms to form their cocoons.
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A fiber produced by silkworms to form cocoons. Silk is strong, flexible, and fibrous, and is essentially a long continuous strand of protein. It is widely used to make thread and fabric.
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Silk is a soft thread-like fiber spun by silkworms.

An example of silk is the fabric of a traditional kimono.

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The definition of silk is something smooth like or made of the very soft and fine threads spun by silkworms.

An example of silk is smooth and creamy chocolate truffles; silk truffles.

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The brightly colored identifying garments of a jockey or harness driver.
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A fine lustrous fiber composed mainly of fibroin and produced by certain insect larvae to form cocoons, especially the strong, elastic, fibrous secretion of silkworms used to make thread and fabric.
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Thread or fabric made from this fiber.
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A garment made from this fabric.
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A silky filamentous material spun by a spider or an insect such as a webspinner.
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A silky filamentous material produced by a plant, such as the styles forming a tuft on an ear of corn.
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Thread or fabric made from this fiber.
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Any silklike filament or substance, as that produced by spiders, or that within a milkweed pod, on the end of an ear of corn, etc.
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A garment or other article made of this fabric.
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A distinctive silk uniform, as of a jockey.
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The silk gown worn by a King's (or Queen's) Counsel in British law courts.
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Of or like silk; silken.
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To develop silk.
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A polymer-based, dielectric resin from Dow Chemical (www.dow.com) that is used to insulate the aluminum or copper wire traces on a chip. See ILD.
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(uncountable) A fine fiber excreted by the silkworm or other arthropod (such as a spider).

The silk thread was barely visible.

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(uncountable) A fine, soft cloth woven from silk fibers.

I had a small square of silk, but it wasn't enough to make what I wanted.

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The gown worn by a Senior (i.e. Queen's/King's) Counsel.
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(colloquial) A Senior (i.e. Queen's/King's) Counsel.
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Made of silk.
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Looking like silk, silken.
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A substance similar to the silk of the silkworm but produced by other insect larvae or by spiders to spin webs.
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  • to parachute from an aircraft
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
silk
Plural:
silks

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of silk

  • Middle English from Old English sioloc probably of Slavic origin (akin to Old Church Slavonic šelkŭ) ultimately from Greek sērikon neuter of sērikos silken serge1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old English sioloc, seolc. The immediate source is uncertain; it probably reached English via the Baltic trade routes (cognates in Old Norse silki, Russian шёлк (Å¡olk), obsolete Lithuanian zilkaÄ©), all ultimately from Late Latin sÄ“ricus, from Latin sericus, from Ancient Greek σηρικός (serikos), ultimately from an Oriental language (represented now by e.g. Chinese çµ² (sÄ«, “silk")). Compare Seres.

    From Wiktionary