A fabric woven on two shafts with faint cords, usually printed in small patterns on a white ground, but also sold white or dyed. Much used for ladies' or children's summer wear. A standard cloth is 37-in. grey, 34/5-in. finished. The cords are made by weaving two or three ends together as one, threaded through the same mail eye. ————————
This term was given by Indian traders to a cotton cloth of the fustian character, and usually figured with raised stripes, the stripes giving an appearance of embossing due to the thick weft floats. Today the dimity is understood to be a light cloth in the plain weave, but with cords lengthwise of the cloth. Made 38-in. wide, 70 ends and 64 picks per inch, 46's ground twist and 2/14's cords, 44's weft.

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  • Dimity — Dim i*ty, n. [Prob. fr. Gr. ? of double thread, dimity; di = di s twice + ? a thread of the warp; prob. through D. diemet, of F. dimite, d[ e]mitte. Cf. {Samite}.] A cotton fabric employed for hangings and furniture coverings, and formerly used… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dimĭty — Dimĭty, s. Dimites …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Dimity — Dimity, dichter Baumwollenstoff, bei dem in der Anordnung von Längsstreifen Ketten und Schußköper abwechseln …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Dimity — Dimity, s. Weberei …   Lexikon der gesamten Technik

  • Dimity — Dimĭty (engl.), dichtes geköpertes Baumwollzeug, dem Barchent ähnlich …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Dimity — Dimity, engl. geköpertes Baumwollenzeug …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • dimity — mid 15c., from It. dimiti, pl. of dimito, a name for a kind of strong cotton cloth, from M.L. dimitum, from Gk. dimitos of double thread, from di (see DI (Cf. di ) (1)) + mitos warp thread, thread (see MITRE (Cf. mitre)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • dimity — [dim′ə tē] n. pl. dimities [ME demit < ML dimitum < MGr dimitos, double threaded < dis , TWO + mitos, a thread: cf. TWILL] a thin, corded or patterned cotton cloth …   English World dictionary

  • Dimity — A bustle made from dimity, 1881. Dimity is a lightweight, sheer cotton fabric having at least two warp threads thrown into relief to form fine cords. It is a cloth commonly employed for bed upholstery and curtains, and usually white, though… …   Wikipedia

  • dimity — /dim i tee/, n., pl. dimities. a thin cotton fabric, white, dyed, or printed, woven with a stripe or check of heavier yarn. [1400 50; earlier dimite, late ME demyt < ML dimettum < Gk dímiton, n. use of neut. of dímitos double threaded, equiv. to… …   Universalium

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