Definition of Damask

1. Noun. A table linen made from linen with a damask pattern.

Generic synonyms: Napery, Table Linen

2. Adjective. Having a woven pattern. "Damask table linens"
Similar to: Fancy

3. Noun. A fabric of linen or cotton or silk or wool with a reversible pattern woven into it.
Generic synonyms: Cloth, Fabric, Material, Textile

Definition of Damask

1. n. Damask silk; silk woven with an elaborate pattern of flowers and the like.

2. a. Pertaining to, or originating at, the city of Damascus; resembling the products or manufactures of Damascus.

3. v. t. To decorate in a way peculiar to Damascus or attributed to Damascus; particularly: (a) with flowers and rich designs, as silk; (b) with inlaid lines of gold, etc., or with a peculiar marking or "water," as metal. See Damaskeen.

Definition of Damask

1. Noun. An ornate silk fabric originating from Damascus. ¹

2. Noun. A damask rose. ¹

3. Noun. A grayish-pink color, like that of the damask rose. ¹

4. Adjective. Of a grayish-pink color, like that of the damask rose. ¹

5. Verb. To decorate or weave in damascene patterns ¹

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Definition of Damask

1. to weave with elaborate design [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Damask

1. 1. Pertaining to, or originating at, the city of Damascus; resembling the products or manufactures of Damascus. 2. Having the colour of the damask rose. "But let concealment, like a worm i' the bud, Feed on her damask cheek." (Shak) Damask colour, a deep rose-colour like that of the damask rose. Damask plum, a small dark-coloured plum, generally called damson. Damask rose, a large, pink, hardy, and very fragrant variety of rose (Rosa damascena) from Damascus. "Damask roses have not been known in England above one hundred years." Damask steel, or Damascus steel, steel of the kind originally made at Damascus, famous for its hardness, and its beautiful texture, ornamented with waving lines; especially, that which is inlaid with damaskeening; formerly much valued for sword blades, from its great flexibility and tenacity. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Damask

damask (current term)
damask rose
damask violet

Literary usage of Damask

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Narrative of a Journey from Heraut to Khiva, Moscow, and St. Petersburgh by James Abbott (1884)
"IN Russia, we understand by the damask, a metal harder, and supplying a material for arms, of keener edge than ordinary steel. Our poets, ancient as well as ..."

2. Official Descriptive and Illustrated Catalogue by Robert Ellis, Great Britain Commissioners for the Exhibition of 1851, London Great exhibition of the works of industry of all nations, 1851 (1851)
"Double rifle of damask, of east steel, wit h Liege barrels, u,d apparatus for pointed and ... Double gun of damask, with Liege barrels, with apparatus of 7 ..."

3. The Mechanics' Magazine, Museum, Register, Journal, and Gazette (1844)
"Even to our own days, the nature of the damask is an enigma, not only as regards its chemical structure, but even its physical properties. ..."

4. The New American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1859)
"damask, a fabric originally manufactured at Damascus, whence its name. It was made of silk, and was distinguished by its ornamental woven figures of fruits, ..."

5. The Book of Roses by Francis Parkman (1866)
"This is a race of damask roses endowed with the faculty of blooming in the autumn. ... The damask Perpetuals are hardy, and remarkable for fragrance. ..."

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