fabric


fabric
noun
1 cloth
ADJECTIVE
beautiful, luxurious, rich

rich fabric wall coverings

delicate, fine, light, lightweight, sheer, soft, thin
coarse, durable, heavy, thick
stretch, stretchy (informal)
breathable
waterproof
floral, patterned, plain, printed
cotton, nylon, woollen/woolen, etc.
knit (esp. AmE), knitted (esp. BrE), woven
non-woven
synthetic
curtain, dress, upholstery
… OF FABRIC
length, piece, strip
swatch
VERB + FABRIC
make, produce, weave

The fabric is woven on these machines.

cut, tear
FABRIC + NOUN
conditioner (esp. BrE), softener

My clothes smell of fabric softener.

swatch

fabric swatches of the different types of mattress covering

a wallet of fabric swatches

2 basic structure of a society/way of life
ADJECTIVE
basic

the basic fabric of family life

economic, moral, political, social
historic

The city retains much of its historic fabric.

urban
VERB + FABRIC
destroy

The government's policies have destroyed the social fabric.

threaten

He believes that such legislation would threaten the fabric of our society.

PHRASES
the very fabric of sth, the whole fabric of sth

a threat to the very fabric of society


Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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