silk
Pronunciation Noun

silk

  1. (mostly, uncountable) A fine fiber excreted by the silkworm or other arthropod (such as a spider).
    The thread made of silk was barely visible.
  2. A fine, soft cloth woven from silk fibers.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, “His Own People”, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326 ↗, page 6 ↗:
      It was flood-tide along Fifth Avenue; motor, brougham, and victoria swept by on the glittering current; pretty women glanced out from limousine and tonneau; young men of his own type, silk-hatted, frock-coated, the crooks of their walking sticks tucked up under their left arms, passed on the Park side.
  3. Anything which resembles silk, such as the filiform styles of the female flower of maize, or the seed covering of bombaxes.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, “Dangerous Lady”, in The China Governess: A Mystery, London: Chatto & Windus, OCLC 483591931 ↗, page 36 ↗:
      Now that she had rested and had fed from the luncheon tray Mrs. Broome had just removed, she had reverted to her normal gaiety. She looked cool in a grey tailored cotton dress with a terracotta scarf and shoes and her hair a black silk helmet.
  4. The gown worn by a Senior (i.e. Queen's/King's) Counsel.
  5. (colloquial) A Senior (i.e. Queen's or King's) Counsel.
  6. (circus arts, in the plural) A pair of long silk sheets suspended in the air on which a performer performs tricks.
  7. (horse racing, usually, in the plural) The garments worn by a jockey displaying the colors of the horse's owner.
Translations Translations Verb

silk (silks, present participle silking; past and past participle silked)

  1. (transitive) To remove the silk from (corn).
    • 2013, Lynetra T. Griffin, From Whence We Came (page 17)
      While we shucked and silked the corn, we talked, sang old nursery rhymes […]

Silk
Proper noun
  1. Surname for a seller of silk.



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