Definition of wool in English:

wool

noun

  • 1The fine, soft curly or wavy hair forming the coat of a sheep, goat, or similar animal, especially when shorn and prepared for use in making cloth or yarn.

    • ‘People breed sheep with the intention of shearing their wool, making clothing out of their skin, and eating their flesh.’
    • ‘In the case of meat sheep versus wool sheep, wool is usually around $10 a kilo, and meat $2 a kilo.’
    • ‘Nomads of the desert and the high plateau live in tents woven from goat's hair, wool, and grass.’
    • ‘Tents and rugs are made from sheep's wool or goats' hair.’
    • ‘They believed thick hair was best and used hair extensions and wigs made of real hair or sheep's wool to achieve this ‘look.’’
    • ‘Nesting material is usually moss, wool, hair and feathers.’
    • ‘It was a weaving village, raising sheep for wool, making strong cloth, dying it, and sometimes making clothing items out of it.’
    • ‘She was wearing a cloak made out of a Lena's fur, which was much like a sheep's wool, only finer and much softer.’
    • ‘In addition to building fertility, the sheep provide wool for Kimberton Hills' textile workshop.’
    • ‘A cape made of goat or sheep wool, called a bourka, is worn around the shoulders.’
    • ‘Until recently, sheep shearing and wool processing was the major industry.’
    • ‘When it snowed on the peaks we used to shear the wool from the sheep and goats.’
    • ‘He pulled out his trusted wooden sword and cut a swath of wool from the sheep, exposing the flesh of the animal.’
    • ‘The entire body and limbs were covered with a thick fine hair or wool curling tightly to the skin.’
    • ‘Sally has been organically farming the fine wool from Wensleydale sheep in Stoodleigh, Devon, for 11 years and now has the largest flock in the world.’
    • ‘Farming provided food, and their sheep provided wool for cloth.’
    • ‘At first it had seemed such a good idea, to sit at the spinning wheel and spin the soft cream wool of her Jacob's sheep into fine woollen thread.’
    • ‘Local wool and goat hair is hand woven into various textiles.’
    • ‘The initial lining is made of fine grasses and bark, and then a second lining of feathers, wool, or other animal hair is added.’
    • ‘The wool is sheared in early spring and sold to Tierra Wools.’
    fleece, hair, coat
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    1. 1.1 Yarn or textile fiber made from wool.
      ‘carpets made of 80 percent wool and 20 percent nylon’
      ‘a sampler in colored wools’
      as modifier ‘her blue wool suit’
      • ‘Many of the appliqués and wools and cottons used to fashion whole-cloth quilts were imported from England and are of the highest quality.’
      • ‘Even so, it takes a skilled weaver working with special wools and dyes a month or more to create a square yard of tapestry, so Aubusson never comes cheap.’
      • ‘Barry sold the leather business and developed a business called Nature's Choice selling garments knitted from New Zealand wools and mohair for the tourist market.’
      • ‘It is a 70-m long linen hanging, embroidered with coloured wools.’
      • ‘For Merino and halfbred wools, fibre diameter is the major factor that contributes to price variation as it significantly influences both fibre processing properties and ultimate product quality.’
      • ‘Kirby's collection has recently expanded to include classically styled trousers in Super - 120 wools and wool cashmere blends.’
      • ‘We must have sold millions and millions and millions of yards of navy blue cashmere or pure wools, beautiful quality fabrics, which I always did.’
      • ‘Rather than using solid-color yarns, many modern braided rugs employ a variety of different fabrics from wools to cottons and blends.’
      • ‘Lightweight wools, silks, cottons, and rayons work well together.’
      • ‘Colours were principally black and white with wools and cottons, though navies did appear to suit the regal mood.’
      • ‘Unlike other luxurious wools such as cashmere and pashmina, shahtoosh is produced from the fine, inner hairs of the Tibetan antelope - which cannot be shorn from the animal.’
      • ‘Some machines have a special wool cycle for wools and similar material.’
      • ‘Cashmeres and other wools lend themselves to great patterns - like glenplaid, houndstooth and checks - that are easy to layer with shirts and sweaters.’
      • ‘Using primarily wools and specialty yarns varied in texture and color, the couple creates fine-art wall hangings.’
      • ‘Indians stoles, shawls and textiles found their way into English homes and Indian wools and cottons became a part of European dress.’
      • ‘It's a very adult looking calf-length wool & cashmere coat and it makes me very happy.’
      • ‘I love the mix of old and new furnishings, the sense of history in flagstoned kitchen and ancient Aga, the jumble of meadow mixed plants in gardens, the tactile wools and silks and cottons, the worn wooden floors.’
      • ‘All his suits are handmade with the finest wool and lined with pure silk.’
      • ‘Our fabric experience is extensive, ranging from treated cottons and wools, through to heavy duty Aramid blends, depending upon threat levels and customer budgets.’
      • ‘American combat uniforms were a combination of wools and rugged herringbone twilled cotton, designed to be worn in layers and usually in a number of non-regulation combinations.’
    2. 1.2with modifier The soft underfur or down of some mammals.
      ‘beaver wool’
      • ‘I shivered with each step taken while she glided on in a warm alpaca wool sweater resurrected from her bulkiest bag.’
      • ‘The women now produce high-quality alpaca wool sweaters with their own brand name.’
      • ‘They breed angora rabbits, originally for meat, but now to turn their fur into angora wool clothing.’
      • ‘For two decades poachers have slaughtered chiru by the thousands for their wool, which is finer and more expensive than cashmere.’
      • ‘Solid-colored llama wool sweaters offer protection against the cold Andean night air.’
    3. 1.3with modifier A metal or mineral made into a mass of fine fibers.
      ‘lead wool’
      • ‘There are many grades of steel wool on the market today.’
      • ‘All materials (cellulose Soxhlet thimbles, silica wool, vials) were cleaned with analytical grade organic solvents prior to use.’
      • ‘A piece of fine steel wool soaked with the gel ought to get the rest.’
      • ‘Aluminium can be keep clean with fine steel wool and plenty of soap.’

Phrases

  • pull the wool over someone's eyes

    • Deceive someone by telling untruths.

      • ‘But I merely pulled the wool over his eyes so he'd shut up.’
      • ‘They were pulling the wool over our eyes from Day One.’
      • ‘No - it is still being used to pull the wool over our eyes.’
      • ‘I thought somebody was pulling the wool over my eyes.’
      • ‘Perhaps they were great actors, pulling the wool over my eyes, and they have a plan in the back room to attack that market.’
      • ‘He pulled the wool over their eyes with a forged student ID card.’
      • ‘Being in the ‘promised land’ is obviously not all it's cracked up to be - or just maybe the board are pulling the wool over our eyes.’
      • ‘The president's ‘$11 trillion’ is meaningless and an attempt to pull the wool over your eyes.’
      • ‘He presents it as though he's pulling the wool over our eyes, only we are all too stupid to notice.’
      • ‘We submit further that each one of the defendants told you lie after lie after lie in order to attempt to pull the wool over your eyes.’
      deceive, fool, trick, take in, hoodwink, dupe, delude
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Origin

Old English wull, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wol and German Wolle, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin lana ‘wool’, vellus ‘fleece’.

Pronunciation

wool

/wo͝ol//wʊl/