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Glossary of Clothing Terms
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 pack
noun
1. A bundle made up and prepared to be carried; especially, a bundle to be carried on the back; a load for an animal; a bale, as of goods.
2. A number or quantity equal to the contents of a pack; hence, a multitude; a burden.
3. A number or quantity of connected or similar things; a collective.
4. A full set of playing cards; also, the assortment used in a particular game; as, a euchre pack.
5. A number of hounds or dogs, hunting or kept together.
6. A number of persons associated or leagued in a bad design or practice; a gang; as, a pack of thieves or knaves.
7. A shook of cask staves.
8. A bundle of sheet-iron plates for rolling simultaneously.
9. A large area of floating pieces of ice driven together more or less closely.
10. An envelope, or wrapping, of sheets used in hydropathic practice, called dry pack, wet pack, cold pack, etc., according to the method of treatment.
11. (slang): A loose, lewd, or worthless person.
12. (context, snooker, pool) A tight group of object balls in cue sports. Usually the reds in snooker.
verb
1. (transitive) To make a pack of; to arrange closely and securely in a pack; hence, to place and arrange compactly as in a pack; to press into close order or narrow compass; as to pack goods in a box; to pack fish.
2. (transitive) To fill in the manner of a pack, that is, compactly and securely, as for transportation; hence, to fill closely or to repletion; to stow away within; to cause to be full; to crowd into; as, to pack a trunk; the play, or the audience, packs the theater.
3. (transitive) To sort and arrange (the cards) in a pack so as to secure the game unfairly.
4. (transitive) To bring together or make up unfairly and fraudulently, in order to secure a certain result; as, to pack a jury or a causes.
5. (transitive) To contrive unfairly or fraudulently; to plot.
6. (transitive) To load with a pack; hence, to load; to encumber; as, to pack a horse.
7. (transitive) To cause to go; to send away with baggage or belongings; esp., to send away peremptorily or suddenly; " sometimes with off; as, to pack a boy off to school.
8. (transitive) To transport in a pack, or in the manner of a pack (i. e., on the backs of men or beasts).
9. (transitive) To envelop in a wet or dry sheet, within numerous coverings.
10. (transitive) To render impervious, as by filling or surrounding with suitable material, or to fit or adjust so as to move without giving passage to air, water, or steam; as, to pack a joint; to pack the piston of a steam engine.
11. (intransitive) To make up packs, bales, or bundles; to stow articles securely for transportation.
12. (intransitive) To admit of stowage, or of making up for transportation or storage; to become compressed or to settle together, so as to form a compact mass; as, the goods pack conveniently; wet snow packs well.
13. (intransitive) To gather in flocks or schools; as, the grouse or the perch begin to pack.
14. (intransitive) To depart in haste; " generally with off or away.
15. (intransitive) To unite in bad measures; to confederate for ill purposes; to join in collusion.
16. (intransitive) To carry a gun.
 paisley
noun (wikipedia, paisley (design))
1. a soft woolen fabric having a motif of swirling droplets somewhat resembling half of the yin-yang symbol
1. made from this fabric, or marked with this design
 Palatine
proper noun
1. One of the seven hills of Rome; the site of the earliest settlement.
 palm
noun
1. Any of various evergreen trees from the family Palmae or Arecaceae, which are mainly found in the tropics.
2. The inner and somewhat concave part of the human hand that extends from the wrist to the bases of the fingers.
• 1990 October 28, w:Paul Simon, Paul Simon, "Further to Fly", w:The Rhythm of the Saints, The Rhythm of the Saints, Warner Bros.
• : The open of desire wants everything.
1. The corresponding part of the forefoot of a lower mammal.
2. A handheld computing device used to store personal data such as calendars and phone numbers.
verb
1. to hold or conceal something in the palm of the hand
2. to hold something without bending the fingers significantly
3. to move something laterally by static friction against the palm of the hand
 panache
noun
1. an ornamental plume on a helmet
2. flamboyant but tasteful bravery, energetic and stylish action, refined verve
3. elegant courage
 Panama
proper noun
1. Country in Central America. Official name: Republic of Panama.
 panel
noun
1. A (usually) rectangular section of a surface, or of a covering or of a wall, fence etc.
Behind the picture was a panel on the wall
1. A group of people gathered to judge, interview, discuss etc. as on a television or radio broadcast for example.
Today's panel includes John Smith...
verbto panel (panelled, panelling; US paneled, paneling)
1. to fit with panels
 pannier
noun
1. A basket or bag fastened, often in pairs, to the back of a bicycle or horse.
2. A hoop used to expand the volume of a woman's skirt.
 pant
noun
1. A quick breathe, breathing; a catching of the breath; a gasp.
2. A violent palpitation of the heart.
verb (pants, panting, panted)
1. (intransitive) To breathe quickly or in a labored manner, as after exertion or from eagerness or excitement; to respire with heaving of the breast; to gasp.
2. (transitive) To long for (something); to be eager for (something).
3. (intransitive) To long eagerly; to desire earnestly.
4. (intransitive) Of the heart, to beat with unnatural violence or rapidity; to palpitate.
5. (intransitive) To sigh; to flutter; to languish.
 panties
noun
1. (plural of, panty)
2. (plurale tantum) Short underpants for women or girls, which covers the buttocks, crotch and genitalia areas.
 pants
noun (plural)
1. (pluralia tantum) A garment worn by men and women that covers the body from the waist downwards, usually as far as the ankles; trousers.
2. (context, UK, colloquial, not all areas, pluralia tantum) A garment worn by men or women that covers the genitals and often the buttocks and the neighbouring parts of the body; panties, shorts.
3. (context, fashion industry) (plural of, pant)
verb (pants, es)
1. To pull someone's pants down; to forcibly remove someone's pants.
• 1948, University of California, Carolina Quarterly, page 47:
• : Keith Gerber has been pantsed twice already this summer by Lannie and Cling, and so his face is more resolved, the fear tempered by the fact that he understands these things to be inevitable.
• 1980, William Hogan, The Quartzsite Trip, Atheneum, page 242:
• : The other boys, Stretch Latham and Rod Becker mainly, pantsed him, got his jockey shorts away and threw them onto Hubcap Willie's roof.
• 1993, Harold Augenbraum, Ilan Stavans, Growing Up Latino: Memoirs and Stories, page 174:
• : Richard did not stand too close to him, because he was always trying to him, and he would have died of shame if he did it tonight, because he knew his BVDs were dirty at the trap door.
1. (context, UK, slang) Of inferior quality.
Your mobile is &mdash; why don't you get one like mine?
 panty
noun (panties)
1. (context, usually in plural) An article of clothing worn as underpants by women.
 pantyhose
noun (plural)
1. (North America) Women's nylon tights worn about the legs.
 parasol
noun
1. A small light umbrella used as protection from the sun
 parka
noun
1. A long jacket with a hood which protects the wearer against rain and wind.
 pasty
noun (pasties)
1. A type of seasoned meat and vegetable pie, usually of a semicircular or distinctive shape. A (savory) hand pie.
1. pale, lacking colour
He is -faced.
(figurative) He was feeling .
 patch
noun
1. A piece of cloth, or other suitable material, sewed or otherwise fixed upon a garment to repair or strengthen it, esp. upon an old garment to cover a hole.
2. A small piece of anything used to repair a breach; as, a patch on a kettle, a roof, etc.
3. A small piece of black silk stuck on the face, or neck, to hide a defect, or to heighten beauty.
4. A piece of greased cloth or leather used as wrapping for a rifle ball, to make it fit the bore.
5. A small area, a small piece of ground; a tract; a plot; as, scattered patches of trees or growing corn.
6. A short period of time, especially one which causes trouble.
7. (figuratively) A fit.
8. A block on the muzzle of a gun, to do away with the effect of dispart, in sighting.
9. (archaic) A paltry fellow; a rogue; a ninny; a fool.
10. (computing) A file describing changes made to a computer file or files, usually changes made to a computer program that fix a programming bug. A patch file, a file used for input to a patch program.
11. An adhesive piece of material, impregnated with a drug, which is worn on the skin; the drug being slowly absorbed over a period of time.
12. A small piece of material that is manually passed through a gun barrel to clean it.
proper noun
1. (computing) The program that updates old versions of files, based on a record of differences with the newer versions.
verb (patches, patching, patched)
1. To mend by sewing on a piece or pieces of cloth, leather, or the like; as, to patch a coat.
2. To mend with pieces; to repair with pieces fastened on.
3. To repair clumsily; as, to patch the roof of a house.
4. To adorn, as the face, with a patch or patches.
5. To make of pieces or patches like a quilt.
6. To repair as with patches.
7. To arrange in a hasty or clumsy manner; " generally with up; as, to patch up a truce.
8. (computing) To make the changes a patch describes; to apply a patch to the files in question. Hence:
1. To fix or improve a computer program without a complete upgrade.
2. To make a quick and possibly temporary change to a program.
 patent
noun
1. A declaration issued by a government agency declaring someone the inventor of a new invention and having the privelege of stopping others from making, using or selling the claimed invention; a letter patent.
2. A specific grant of ownership of a piece of property; a land patent.
3. Patent leather: a varnished, high-gloss leather typically used for shoes and accessories.
verb
1. To successfully register an invention with a government agency; to secure a letter patent.
1. (biology) Open, unobstructed, expanded.
2. Explicit and obvious.
 peasant
noun (plural:peasants)
1. A member of the class constituted by small farmers and tenants, sharecroppers, and laborers on the land where they form the main labor force in agriculture.
2. A country person; a rustic.
3. An uncouth, crude, or ill-bred person; a boor.
4. (strategy games) a worker unit (Synonyms: peon, serf, villager)
 pebble
noun
1. A small stone
2. (geology) A rock fragment between 4 and 64 millimetres in diameter (especially a naturally rounded one)
3. (curling) A small droplet of water intentionally sprayed on the ice that cause irregularities on the surface.
verbto pebble
1. To pave with pebbles.
2. (curling) To deposit water droplets on the ice. e.g. to pebble the ice between games.
 pedal pushers
noun
1. (British) (plural of, pedal pusher)
1. women's slacks that end at the calves (originally worn by cyclists)
 Peg
proper noun
1. a female given name, diminutive of Peggy
 pelisse
noun
1. A fur lined or fur robe or gown.
2. A silk gown formerly worn by women, often lined or trimmed with fur.
3. An overgarment worn by Victorian children when outside.
 pelt
noun
1. The skin of a beast with the hair on; a raw or undressed hide; a skin preserved with the hairy or woolly covering on it. See 4th Fell.
2. The human skin.
3. The body of any quarry killed by the hawk.
verb
1. To throw missiles.
2. To throw out words.
3. To beat or to hit.
4. To move rapidly, generally in vehicle.
The boy pelted down the hill on his toboggan.
 peltry
noun
1. Pelts or skins, collectively; skins with the fur on them; furs.
 periwig
noun
1. (historical) wig, Wig.
 perm
noun
1. a permanent
2. a permanent wave (british)
verbto perm
1. to give hair a perm, using heat, chemicals etc
 permanent
noun
1. (colloquial) A chemical hair treatment imparting or removing curliness, whose effects typically last for a period of weeks.
2. (combinatorics) Given an $n \times n$ matrix $a_{ij} \,$, the sum over all permutations $\pi \,$ of $\prod_{i=1}^n{a_{i\pi(i)}}$.
1. Without end, eternal.
Nothing in this world is truly permanent.
1. Lasting for an indefinitely long time.
The countries are now locked in a permanent state of conflict.
 petite
1. Of a woman, fairly short and of slim build.
 petticoat
noun
1. A woman's garment worn under a skirt, a kind of slip, especially one that has ruffles or other adornment and may be worn to make the skirt fuller.
 pigskin
noun
1. leather, Leather made from the skin of a pig.
2. A football.
 pinafore
noun
1. A sleeveless dress, often similar to an apron, generally worn over other clothes. Most often worn by young girl, girls as an overdress.
 pincushion
noun
1. A small, pillow-like device designed to receive dressmakers' pins.
2. (colloquial) Someone who receives regular hypodermic needle injections.
Insulin-dependant diabetics are human pincushions.
verb
1. To multiply stick or jab, as with pins into a pincushion.
The target was pincushioned with arrows.
 pinking shears
noun (pluralonly)
1. A variety of scissors with zigzag cutting edges, used to cut fabric; the zigzag edge helps keep the fabric from fraying.
 pinner
noun
1. A headdress like a cap, with long lappets.
 pipe
noun ]]
1. A hollow tube that transports water, steam, or other liquid; usually made of metal, ceramic, wood, or plastic.
2. A hollow stem with bowl at one end used for smoking (see also water pipe or bong)
3. (geology) A vertical conduit through the Earth's crust below a volcano, through which magma has passed; often filled with volcanic breccia
4. A type of pasta, similar to macaroni
5. Decorative edging stitched to the hems or seams of an object made of fabric (clothing, hats, pillows, curtains, etc.); often a contrasting color
6. (music) A hollow tube used to produce sound, such as an organ pipe.
7. (music) A wind instrument making a whistling sound. (see pan pipes, bagpipe, boatswain's pipe)
8. (lacrosse) One of the goalposts of the goal.
9. (computing) The ASCII character at position 124 (decimal), 7C (hex), 01111100 (binary): " , "
10. (computing) In Unix, the pipe character signifies that the output of one program feeds directly as input to another program.
11. (context, computing, slang) A data backbone, or broadband Internet access (e.g., a "fat pipe" refers to a high-bandwidth connection).
12. (obsolete) An English measure of capacity for liquids, containing 126 wine gallons; half a ton.
• 1882: Again, by 28 Hen. VIII, cap. 14, it is re-enacted that the tun of wine should contain 252 gallons, a butt of Malmsey 126 gallons, a pipe 126 gallons, a tercian or puncheon 84 gallons, a hogshead 63 gallons, a tierce 41 gallons, a barrel 31.5 gallons, a rundlet 18.5 gallons. &mdash; James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, p. 205.
1. (context, AU, colloquial, obsolete) An anonymous satire or essay, insulting and frequently libelous, written on a piece of paper and left somewhere public where it could be found and thus spread, to embarrass the author's enemies.
1818: yet, it is much to be hoped, that from his example pipe-making will in future be reposed solely in the hands of Mr. William Cluer of the Brickfield Hill. &mdash; w:Sydney Gazette, Sydney Gazette, 26 September 1818, on w:William Bland, William Bland convicted of libelling w:Lachlan Macquarie, Governor Macquarie in a pipe (William Cluer was an earthenware pipe manufacturer). Quoted in More Pig Bites Baby! Stories from Australia's First Newspaper, volume 2, ed. Micahel Connor, Duffy and Snellgrove, 2004, ISBN 1-876631-91-0.
verb (pip, ing)
1. To convey or transport something by means of pipes.
2. To install or configure pipes.
3. To play music on a pipe instrument, such as a bagpipe.
4. (nautical) To signal or order by a note pattern on a bosun's pipe.
5. To decorate a cake using a pastry bag a flexible bag from which icing is forced through a small nozzle to make various designs
 piping
verb
1. (present participle of, pipe)
2. To dab away moisture.
• 1883: w:Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Louis Stevenson, w:Treasure Island, Treasure Island
• : Our chimney was a square hole in the roof: it was but a little part of the smoke that found its way out, and the rest eddied about the house, and kept us coughing and the eye.
1. High-pitched.
His piping voice could be heard above the hubbub.
 pique
noun
1. A cotton fabric, figured in the loom, " used as a dress goods for women and children, and for vestings, etc.
2. The jigger.
3. A feeling of hurt, vexation, or resentment, awakened by a social slight or injury; irritation of the feelings, as through wounded pride; stinging vexation.
4. A remark, usually witty, made in a social situation and intended to slight someone else.
5. Keenly felt desire; a longing.
6. In piquet, the right of the elder hand to count thirty in hand, or to play before the adversary counts one.
verb (piqu, ing)
1. (transitive) To wound the pride of; to sting; to nettle; to irritate; to fret; to offend; to excite to anger.
2. (transitive) To excite to action by causing resentment or jealousy; to stimulate; to prick; as, to pique ambition, or curiosity.
3. (transitive) To pride or value; " used reflexively.
4. (transitive) To cause annoyance or irritation.
 placket
noun
1. a slit or other opening in an item of clothing, to allow access to pockets or fastenings
• 1922: Dislike dressing together. Nicked myself shaving. Biting her nether lip, hooking the of her skirt. " James Joyce, Ulysses
• 2001: When the of his shirt gave way, the stones tore freely into the skin on his chest and back, and he no longer imagined Lucy Hartley enjoying his guitar serenades " he wondered if he would get to the roof alive. " Glen David Gold, Carter Beats the Devil
•  plaid
noun
1. A rectangular garment or piece of cloth, usually made of the checkered material called tartan, but sometimes of plain gray, or gray with black stripes. It is worn by both sexes in Scotland.
2. Goods of any quality or material of the pattern of a plaid or tartan; a checkered cloth or pattern.
verb
1. Past tense of to play (archaic)
• 1774, Dr Samuel Johnson, Preface to the Works of the English Poets, J. Nichols, Volume II, Page 134,
• : "...then on the organ, and sung..."
1. Having a pattern or colors which resemble a Scotch plaid; checkered or marked with bars or stripes at right angles to one another; as, plaid muslin.
 plait
noun
1. A flat fold; a doubling, as of cloth; a pleat; as, a box plait.
2. A braid, as of hair or straw; a plat.
 plash
noun (plashes)
1. A small pool of standing water; a puddle.
2. A splash, or the sound made by a splash.
verb (plashes, plashing, plashed, plashed)
1. (transitive) To splash.
• 1847: w:Emily Brontí«, Emily Brontí«, w:Wuthering Heights, Wuthering Heights http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/768
• :... heedless of my expostulations and the growling thunder, and the great drops that began to plash around her, she remained ...
1. (intransitive) To cause a splash.
 plastron
noun
1. The nearly flat part of the shell structure of a tortoise or other animal, similar in composition to the carapace
2. (fencing) A half-jacket worn under the jacket for padding or for safety.
3. An ornamental front panel on a woman's bodice.
• 1942: I bought here a wedding dress perhaps twenty or thirty years old ... a sequin to be worn over the womb as a feminine equivalent to a cod-piece, and a gauze veil embroidered in purple and gold. " Rebecca West, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Canongate 2006, p. 784)
 plat
noun
1. A braid.
= verb (plats, platting, platted, platted)
1. To braid, to plait.
 platform
noun
1. A raised stage from which speeches are made and songs are sung.
2. A political stance on a broad set of issues, which are called planks.
3. A raised structure from which passengers can enter or leave a train.
4. (automobiles) A set of components shared by several vehicle models.
5. (computing) A particular type of operating system or environment such as a database or other specific software, and/or a particular type of computer or microprocessor, used to describe a particular environment for running other software, or for defining a specific software or hardware environment for discussion purposes.
That program runs on an X-Window-System .
Typical PCs use the x86 .''
 pleach
verb (pleach, es)
1. (transitive) To unite by interweaving, as branches of trees; to plash; to interlock.
 pleat
noun
1. A fold in the fabric of a garment, as a part of the design of the garment, with the purpose of adding controlled fullness or taking up excess fabric. There are many types of pleats, differing in their construction and appearance.
2. A plait.
verb
1. (transitive) To form one or more pleat
1. Noun, pleats in a piece of fabric or a garment.
 plug
noun
1. (context, electricity) A pronged connector, connecting device which fits into a mating socket.
I pushed the back into the electrical socket and the lamp began to glow again.
1. Any piece of wood, metal, or other substance used to stop or fill a hole; a stopple.
Pull the out of the tub so it can drain.
1. A flat oblong cake of pressed tobacco.
He preferred a of tobacco to loose chaw.
1. (context, US, slang) A high, tapering silk hat.
2. (context, US, slang) A worthless horse.
That sorry old is ready for the glue factory!
1. (context, construction) A block of wood let into a wall to afford a hold for nails.
2. A mention of a product (usually a book, film or play) in an interview, or an interview which features one or more of these.
During the interview, the author put in a for his latest novel.
1. (Geology) A body of once molten rock that hardened in a volcanic vent. Usually round or oval in shape.
Pressure built beneath the in the caldera, eventually resulting in a catastrophic explosion of pyroclastic shrapnel and ash.
1. (context, fishing) A type of lure consisting of a rigid, buoyant or semi-buoyant body and one or more hooks.
The fisherman cast the into a likely pool, hoping to catch a whopper.
verb (plug, g, ed)
1. (transitive) To stop with a plug; to make tight by stopping a hole.
He attempted to the leaks with some caulk.
1. (transitive) To mention a particular product or service.
The main guest on the show just kept plugging his latest movie: it got so tiresome.
1. (intransitive) (informal) To persist or continue with something.
Keep plugging at the problem until you find a solution.
1. (transitive) To shoot a bullet into something with a gun.
• 1884, s:Author:H. Rider Haggard, H. Rider Haggard, s:The Witch's Head/Book II/Chapter II, The Witch's Head
• :I am awfully glad that you kept your nerve and plugged him; it would have been better if you could have nailed him through the right shoulder, which would not have killed him...
 pocket
noun
1. A bag stitched to an item of clothing, used for carrying small items.
2. (context, sports, billiards, snooker, pool) A net or similar struture at each corner, and halfway along the edge, of a billiard table into which balls are to be struck.
3. An enclosed volume of one substance surrounded by another.
The drilling expedition discovered a pocket of natural gas.
1. An area of land surrounded by a loop of a river (Australian English)
2. (aussie-rules) The area of the field to the side of the goal posts (four pockets in total on the field, one to each side of the goals at each end of the ground). The pocket is only a roughly defined area, extending from the behind post, at an angle, to perhaps about 30 metres out.
verb
1. To put (something) into a pocket.
2. (context, sports, billiards, snooker, pool) To cause a ball to go into one of the pockets of the table.
3. (slang) To take and keep (especially money) that is not one's own.
1. Of a size suitable for putting into a pocket.
pocket dictionary
 point
noun
1. A location or place.
2. (geometry) A zero-dimensional mathematical object representing a location in one or more dimensions.
3. A particular moment in an event or occurrence.
At this point in the meeting, I'd like to propose a new item for the agenda.
1. The sharp tip of an object.
2. A peninsula.
3. (arithmetic) A decimal point (used when reading decimal fractions aloud).
10.5 ("ten point five"; = ten and a half)
2. A unit of measure of success or failure in a game or competition; the unit of score, scoring.
The one with the most points will win the game
Germany awarded Greece the maximum 12 points in the Eurovision Song Contest.
1. The color/colour on the extremities of an animal (typically darker or richer) than the rest of the coat).
The point color of that cat was a deep, rich sable.
1. (rail transport, Commonwealth) a device by which trains change tracks; switch
2. (cricket) a fielding position square of the wicket on the off side, between gully and cover.
3. The position at the front or vanguard of an advancing force.
• 2005: Willie Jones decided to become Kimani Jones, Black Panther, on the day his best friend, Otis Nicholson, stepped on a mine while walking during a sweep in the central highlands. " Martin Torgoff, Can't Find My Way Home (Simon & Schuster 2005, p. 189)
• (nautical) An angle equivalent to eleven and a quarter degrees, that is 1/32 of a circle. Most commonly used to indicate a relative bearing to an object or vessel, but can be used to describe a compass bearing.
verb
1. (intransitive) To extend the index finger in the direction of something in order to show where it is or to draw attention to it.
It's rude to at other people.
1. (transitive) To direct or encourage (someone) in a particular direction
If he asks for food, him toward the refrigerator.
 pollera
noun
1. A Latin-American fiesta costume usually heavily embroidered and very full in the skirt.
 polo
noun
1. A ball game where two teams of players on horseback use long-handled mallets to propel the ball along the ground and into their opponent's goal.
 Polonaise
noun
1. The Polish language.