One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Silk that has been treated in such a way as to give it a wavy, lustrous finish.
- ‘The softly blurred, photograph-like images glow with a hypnotic intensity that recalls the texture of watered silk.’
- ‘These techniques give walls the dramatic effect of crushed velvet, parchment, chamois leather, watered silk or brocade.’
- ‘He looked at the scarlet watered silk of the long train, that was spread all over the ground and gleamed beautifully in the flickering light of the torches.’
- ‘Of powder blue watered silk, Maria's new dress fitted her like a glove, the tightness of the bodice accentuating her tiny waist and contrasting with the fullness of her skirts.’
- ‘When the cardinal later came to the seminary at Mundelein, a trainbearer was needed to carry his twenty-foot train of scarlet watered silk.’
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