• (RP) IPA: /ˈtɪsjuː/, /ˈtɪʃu/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈtɪʃu/


  1. Thin, woven, gauze-like fabric.
  2. A fine transparent silk material, used for veils, etc.; specifically, cloth interwoven with gold or silver threads, or embossed with figures.
    • a robe of tissue, stiff with golden wire
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 5”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      In their glittering tissues bear emblazed / Holy memorials.
  3. A sheet of absorbent paper, especially one that is made to be used as tissue paper, toilet paper or a handkerchief.
  4. Absorbent paper as material.
  5. (biology) A group of cells similar in origin that function together to do a specific job.
  6. Web; texture; complicated fabrication; connected series.
    a tissue of forgeries, or of lies
    • unwilling to leave the dry bones of Agnosticism wholly unclothed with any living tissue of religious emotion
Translations Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: papel absorvente
Translations Verb

tissue (tissues, present participle tissuing; past and past participle tissued)

  1. To form tissue of; to interweave.
    • 1626, Francis Bacon, The New Atlantis
      Covered with cloth of gold tissued upon blue.

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