One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A thin translucent fabric of silk, linen, or cotton.
gossamer, chiffonView synonyms
- ‘Women cover their clothes with the traditional black cloak, which goes over the head, and wear a veil of thin black gauze over the face.’
- ‘There's unfortunately nothing you can do about this, but you can stabilize the damaged areas by sewing a bit of cotton gauze to the underside with silk thread.’
- ‘Line a colander or sieve with cheesecloth or gauze and set it over a bowl.’
- ‘It was a bluey-white colour, caused by the white gauze over light blue fabric.’
- ‘Alternatively, you could use a silk gauze for the top layer, which is so airy it will turn out lighter in any event.’
- ‘She lay on a four-poster bed with a canopy of shimmering gauze and silk.’
- ‘For the evening, there was a long slinky black dress made of transparent gauze with dark tiger stripes cutting across it.’
- ‘Deep necklines and minis take centrestage along with transparencies in gauze, knit or crochet, which add to the appealing look.’
- ‘The designer has created a collection of black and white, with several silvery flashes which aim at pampering the female silhouette; elegant and sensual woman, softly enveloped in gauzes, silks and leather.’
- ‘She came to him, heart fluttering beneath the thin gauze that stretched across her ample breasts.’
- ‘Cotton or gauze soaked in calendula tea is another option.’
- ‘He wrapped the test tube in a roll of cotton gauze and placed it in his bag.’
- ‘I have created a lot of beautiful windows with cotton bubble gauze.’
- ‘Try muslin or gauze, which ensure privacy without depriving a room of light.’
- ‘The presentation ended with a sea of white, starting with a sexy silk gauze ribbon-slashed gown.’
- ‘If a tailored coat does not appeal, there are a number of tantalising wraps of silk, lightweight cashmere and gauze in the shops at the moment, which will keep your top half looking pious in the pews.’
- ‘I'm gently unwrapping the chrysalis of gauze surrounding a hand-painted silk evening dress as delicate as a butterfly's wings.’
- ‘The curtaining rock was twisted and translucent, like chiffon or silk or a very airy sort of gauze.’
- ‘All cages were capped with organdy gauze to maintain the planthopper treatments.’
- ‘In their methods and approach, they use a range of materials that includes sand, printed fabric, mud, gauze and textured whites.’
- 1.1Medicine Thin, loosely woven cloth used for dressing and swabs.
bandage, covering, plaster, lint, compress, ligature, swathe, poultice, salveView synonyms
- ‘In order to prevent re-infection the site is dressed with cotton gauze soaked in a special iodine mixture, which is changed once or twice a day.’
- ‘Wash your eye with tepid water, using a clean piece of cotton wool or gauze for each wipe.’
- ‘Medicated gauze, alcohol cotton balls or dermatitis plasters are also necessary.’
- ‘Gently wash areas of infected skin with clean gauze and antiseptic soap daily.’
- ‘Cotton gauze has been used to dress wounds for hundreds of years because it is naturally soft, pliable, and absorbent.’
- 1.2in singular A transparent haze or film.‘they saw the grasslands through a gauze of golden dust’
- ‘His paintings are loose and washy figurative dreamscapes that make the viewer feel as if there's a thick gauze on the surface of the painting and a story book world floating behind it.’
- ‘As the audience fill the auditorium, they will see a Victorian audience fill a duplicate auditorium behind a gauze on stage.’
- ‘Perhaps the chiffon is not yet entirely gone from the sky - there is a light gauze of haze yet in the distance.’
- ‘January has wrapped the worn-out city in a cold gauze of wood smoke and exhaust fumes.’
- ‘A sweet gauze of confusion has settled around her senses, and that helps.’
2A very fine wire mesh.framework, grid, grate, network, grille, grillwork, lattice, trellis, criss-cross, matrixView synonyms
Mid 16th century: from French gaze, perhaps from Gaza, the name of a town in Palestine.
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