(klth; 115), n.;
pl. Cloths (klz; 115), except in the sense of garments, when it is Clothes (klthz klz).
[OE. clath cloth, AS. cl cloth, garment; akin to D. kleed, Icel. kli, Dan. klde, cloth, Sw. klde, G. kleid garment, dress.] 1. A fabric made of fibrous material (or sometimes of wire, as in wire cloth); commonly, a woven fabric of cotton, woolen, or linen, adapted to be made into garments; specifically, woolen fabrics, as distinguished from all others.
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2. The dress; raiment. [Obs.] See Clothes.
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I'll ne'er distust my God for cloth and bread.
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3. The distinctive dress of any profession, especially of the clergy; hence, the clerical profession.
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Appeals were made to the priesthood. Would they tamely permit so gross an insult to be offered to their cloth?
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The cloth, the clergy, are constituted for administering and for giving the best possible effect to . . . every axiom.
I. Taylor.
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Body cloth. See under Body. -- Cloth of gold, a fabric woven wholly or partially of threads of gold. -- Cloth measure, the measure of length and surface by which cloth is measured and sold. For this object the standard yard is usually divided into quarters and nails. -- Cloth paper, a coarse kind of paper used in pressing and finishing woolen cloth. -- Cloth shearer, one who shears cloth and frees it from superfluous nap.
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