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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French fabrique, from Latin fabrica (a workshop, art, trade, product of art, structure, fabric), from faber (artisan, workman). Doublet of forge, borrowed from Old French.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈfæb.ɹɪk/
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NounEdit

 
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fabric (countable and uncountable, plural fabrics)

  1. (now rare) An edifice or building.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 1”, 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:
      Anon out of the earth a fabric huge / Rose like an exhalation.
    • 1791, Ann Radcliffe, The Romance of the Forest, Oxford 1999, p. 86:
      They withdrew from the gate, as if to depart, but he presently thought he heard them amongst the trees on the other side of the fabric, and soon became convinced that they had not left the abbey.
  2. (archaic) The act of constructing, construction, fabrication.
    • (Can we date this quote by Milman and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      Tithe was received by the bishop [] for the fabric of the churches for the poor.
  3. (archaic) The structure of anything, the manner in which the parts of a thing are united; workmanship, texture, make.
    cloth of a beautiful fabric
  4. The framework underlying a structure.
    the fabric of our lives
    the fabric of the universe
  5. A material made of fibers, a textile or cloth.
    cotton fabric
  6. (petrology) The appearance of crystalline grains in a rock.
  7. (computing) Interconnected nodes that look like a textile fabric when diagrammed.
    The Internet is a fabric of computers connected by routers.

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DescendantsEdit

  • Irish: fabraic

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fabric

  1. first-person singular present indicative/subjunctive of fabrica