artifact

An artifact is a man-made object that has some kind of cultural significance. If you find a 12th-century vase, it's an artifact of that time. Don't drop it!

Artifact is a combination of two Latin words, arte, meaning "by skill" and factum which means "to make." Usually when you use the word artifact, you are describing something crafted that was used for a particular purpose during a much earlier time.

Definitions of artifact
  1. noun
    a man-made object taken as a whole
    synonyms: artefact
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    natural object
    an object occurring naturally; not made by man
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    Alhambra
    a fortified Moorish palace built near Granada by Muslim kings in the Middle Ages
    Angostura Bridge
    a suspension bridge across the Orinoco River at Ciudad Bolivar
    Appian Way
    an ancient Roman road in Italy extending south from Rome to Brindisi; begun in 312 BC
    Bastille
    a fortress built in Paris in the 14th century and used as a prison in the 17th and 18th centuries; it was destroyed July 14, 1789 at the start of the French Revolution
    Baton Rouge Bridge
    a cantilever bridge across the Mississippi at Baton Rouge
    Bayonne Bridge
    a steel arch bridge connecting New Jersey and Staten Island at Bayonne, New Jersey
    Benjamin Franklin Bridge
    a suspension bridge across the Delaware River
    Blarney Stone
    a stone in a castle in Ireland that is said to impart skill in flattery to anyone who kisses it
    Bosporus Bridge
    a suspension bridge across the Bosporus at Istanbul
    Bronx-Whitestone Bridge
    a suspension bridge across the East River in New York City
    Brooklyn Bridge
    a suspension bridge across the East River in New York City; opened in 1883
    Brown University
    a university in Rhode Island
    Caledonian Canal
    a canal in northern Scotland that links North Sea with the Atlantic Ocean; runs diagonally between Moray Firth at the northeastern end and Loch Linnhe at the southwestern end; now little used
    Caloosahatchee Canal
    a canal that connects Lake Okeechobee with the Caloosahatchee River in southern Florida to form part of the Cross-Florida Waterway
    Cambridge University
    a university in England
    Capitol Building
    the government building in Washington where the United States Senate and the House of Representatives meet
    Carnegie Mellon University
    an engineering university in Pittsburgh
    CN Tower
    a tower in Toronto; 1815 feet tall for broadcasting widely
    Amphitheatrum Flavium
    a large amphitheater in Rome whose construction was begun by Vespasian about AD 75 or 80
    Columbia University
    a university in New York City
    Commodore John Barry Bridge
    a cantilever bridge in Chester, Pennsylvania
    Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
    university founded in 1859 by Peter Cooper to offer free courses in the arts and sciences
    Cornell University
    a university in Ithaca, New York
    Dartmouth College
    a college in New Hampshire
    Delaware Memorial Bridge
    a suspension bridge across the Delaware River
    Duke University
    a university in Durham, North Carolina
    Eiffel Tower
    a wrought iron tower 300 meters high that was constructed in Paris in 1889; for many years it was the tallest man-made structure
    Empire State Building
    a skyscraper built in New York City in 1931; 1250 feet tall
    Flaminian Way
    an ancient Roman road in Italy built by Gaius Flaminius in 220 BC; extends north from Rome to cisalpine Gaul
    George Washington Bridge
    a suspension bridge across the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey
    Golden Gate Bridge
    a suspension bridge across the Golden Gate
    Greater New Orleans Bridge
    twin cantilever bridges across the Mississippi at New Orleans
    Hagia Sophia
    a 6th century masterpiece of Byzantine architecture in Istanbul; built as a Christian church, converted to a mosque in 1453, and made into a museum in the middle of the 20th century
    Harvard University
    a university in Massachusetts
    Humber Bridge
    a suspension bridge at Hull, England; 4,626 feet long
    Independence Hall
    the building in Philadelphia where the Declaration of Independence was signed
    Johns Hopkins
    a university in Baltimore
    Kammon Strait Bridge
    a suspension bridge between Kyushu and Honshu
    Labyrinth of Minos
    a vast labyrinth built in Crete by Daedalus at the command of Minos in order to contain the Minotaur
    Lincoln Memorial
    memorial building in Washington containing a large marble statue of Abraham Lincoln
    Louvre Museum
    an art museum that is a famous tourist attraction in Paris
    Mackinac Bridge
    a suspension bridge across the channel between the lower and upper peninsulas of Michigan
    Maginot Line
    a fortification built before World War II to protect France's eastern border; initially considered to be impregnable, it was easily overrun by the German army in 1940
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    an engineering university in Cambridge
    Minato Ohashi Bridge
    cantilever bridge at Osaka, Japan
    National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations
    a computerized data system to provide brokers with price quotations for securities traded over the counter
    National Baseball Hall of Fame
    a Hall of Fame and museum in Cooperstown, New York, honoring great baseball players
    United States National Library of Medicine
    the world's largest medical library
    New River Gorge Bridge
    a steel arch bridge across New River at Fayetteville, West Virginia
    Ohio State University
    a university in Columbus, Ohio
    Oxford University
    a university in England
    University of Paris
    a university in Paris; intellectual center of France
    Pentagon
    a government building with five sides that serves as the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense
    Petronas Towers
    twin skyscrapers built in Kuala Lumpur in 1997; 1482 feet high
    Pierre Laporte Bridge
    a suspension bridge across the Saint Lawrence River at Quebec
    Ponte 25 de Abril
    a suspension bridge across the Tagus River at Lisbon
    Princeton University
    a university in New Jersey
    Pyramids of Egypt
    a massive monument with a square base and four triangular sides; begun by Cheops around 2700 BC as royal tombs in ancient Egypt
    Quebec Bridge
    a cantilever bridge in Quebec
    Queensboro Bridge
    a cantilever bridge across the East River between Manhattan and Queens
    Sears Tower
    a skyscraper built in Chicago in 1974; 1454 feet tall
    Siegfried line
    German fortifications facing the Maginot Line
    Space Needle
    a tower 605 feet tall in Seattle; a tourist attraction
    Stanford University
    a university in California
    Statue of Liberty
    a large monumental statue symbolizing liberty on Liberty Island in New York Bay
    Sydney Harbor Bridge
    a steel arch bridge in Sydney, Australia
    Tacoma Narrows Bridge
    a suspension bridge across Puget Sound at Tacoma
    Tappan Zee Bridge
    a cantilever bridge across the Hudson River
    Tower of London
    a fortress in London on the Thames; used as a palace and a state prison and now as a museum containing the crown jewels
    Tower of Pharos
    a great lighthouse (500 feet high) built at Alexandria in 285 BC
    University of California at Berkeley
    a university in Berkeley, California
    University of Chicago
    a university in Chicago, Illinois
    University of Michigan
    a university in Ann Arbor, Michigan
    University of Nebraska
    a university in Lincoln, Nebraska
    University of North Carolina
    a university in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    University of Pennsylvania
    a university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    University of Pittsburgh
    a university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    University of Sussex
    a red-brick university in Brighton, England
    University of Texas
    a university in Austin, Texas
    University of Vermont
    a university in Burlington, Vermont
    University of Washington
    a university in Seattle, Washington
    University of West Virginia
    a university in Morgantown, West Virginia
    University of Wisconsin
    a university in Madison, Wisconsin
    Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
    a suspension bridge across the Verrazano Narrows between Brooklyn and Staten Island
    Walt Whitman Bridge
    a suspension bridge across the Delaware River
    Washington Monument
    a stone obelisk built in Washington in 1884 to honor George Washington; 555 feet tall
    White House
    the government building that serves as the residence and office of the President of the United States
    World Trade Center
    twin skyscrapers 110 stories high in New York City; built 1368 feet tall in 1970 to 1973; destroyed by a terrorist attack on September 11, 2001
    Yale University
    a university in Connecticut
    Rosetta Stone
    a part of an inscribed granite stela that was originally about six feet tall and was set up in 196 BC; the inscriptions in hieroglyphics and Demotic and Greek gave the first clues to the decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphics
    Grand Canal
    an inland waterway 1000 miles long in eastern China; extends from Tianjin in the north to Hangzhou in the south
    Wailing Wall
    a wall in Jerusalem; sacred to Jews as a place of prayer and lamentation; its stones are believed to have formed part of the Temple of Solomon
    Grand Canal
    the major waterway in Venice, Italy
    Houses of Parliament
    the building in which the House of Commons and the House of Lords meet
    Hadrian's Wall
    an ancient Roman wall built by Hadrian in the 2nd century; marked the northern boundary of the Roman Empire in Britain
    Machu Picchu
    Inca fortress city in the Andes in Peru discovered in 1911; it may have been built in the 15th century
    Cape Cod Canal
    a canal connecting Cape Cod Bay with Buzzards Bay
    Erie Canal
    an artificial waterway connecting the Hudson river at Albany with Lake Erie at Buffalo; built in the 19th century; now part of the New York State Barge Canal
    New York State Barge Canal
    a system of canals crossing New York State and connecting the Great Lakes with the Hudson River and Lake Champlain
    West Point
    United States Army installation on the west bank of Hudson river to the north of New York City; site of United States Military Academy
    Kennedy International Airport
    a large airport on Long Island to the east of New York City
    Antonine Wall
    a fortification 37 miles long across the narrowest part of southern Scotland (between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Clyde); built in 140 to mark the frontier of the Roman province of Britain
    Ark of the Covenant
    (Judaism) sacred chest where the ancient Hebrews kept the two tablets containing the Ten Commandments
    Artemision at Ephesus
    the large temple of the Greek goddess Artemis which was begun at Ephesus in 541 BC and completed 220 years later; the temple was destroyed by the Goths in 262
    Aswan High Dam
    one of the world's largest dams on the Nile River in southern Egypt
    Augean stables
    (Greek mythology) the extremely dirty stables that were finally cleaned by Hercules who diverted two rivers through them
    Belmont Park
    a racetrack for thoroughbred racing in Elmont on Long Island; site of the Belmont Stakes
    Black Hole of Calcutta
    a dungeon (20 feet square) in a fort in Calcutta where as many as 146 English prisoners were held overnight by Siraj-ud-daula; the next morning only 23 were still alive
    Great Wall of China
    a fortification 1,500 miles long built across northern China in the 3rd century BC; it averages 6 meters in width
    Churchill Downs
    a racetrack for thoroughbred racing in Louisville; site of the Kentucky Derby
    Glen Canyon Dam
    a large dam built in 1964 on the Colorado River in Arizona
    Gota Canal
    a canal for small oceangoing ships to enter Lake Vanern in Sweden
    Holy Grail
    (legend) chalice used by Christ at the Last Supper
    Hoover Dam
    a large dam built in 1933 on the Colorado River in Nevada
    Iditarod Trail
    a trail that extends 1,100 miles from Anchorage over the Alaska Range to Nome
    Caaba
    (Islam) a black stone building in Mecca that is shaped like a cube and that is the most sacred Muslim pilgrim shrine; believed to have been given by Gabriel to Abraham; Muslims turn in its direction when praying
    Kremlin
    citadel of Moscow, housing the offices of the Russian government
    Leaning Tower of Pisa
    a tall round marble campanile in Pisa that is not perpendicular; construction was begun in 1174
    Liberty Bell
    the bell of Independence Hall; rung 8 July 1776 to announce the signing of the Declaration of Independence
    Panama Canal
    a ship canal 40 miles long across the Isthmus of Panama built by the United States (1904-1914)
    Pandora's box
    (Greek mythology) a box that Zeus gave to Pandora with instructions that she not open it; she gave in to her curiosity and opened it; all the miseries and evils flew out to afflict mankind
    Parthenon
    the main temple of the goddess Athena; built on the acropolis in Athens more than 400 years B.C.; example of Doric architecture
    Pimlico
    a racetrack for thoroughbred racing; site of the Preakness
    King Arthur's Round Table
    (legend) the circular table for King Arthur and his knights
    Saint Lawrence Seaway
    a seaway involving the Saint Lawrence River and the Great Lakes that was developed jointly by Canada and the United States; oceangoing ships can travel as far west as Lake Superior
    Salyut
    either of two Soviet space stations launched in the 1970s
    Santa Fe Trail
    a trail that extends from Missouri to New Mexico; an important route for settlers moving west in the 19th century
    Siege Perilous
    the legendary seat at King Arthur's Round Table reserved for the knight who would find the Holy Grail; it was fatal for anyone else to sit in it
    Sistine Chapel
    the private chapel of the popes in Rome; it was built by and named after Sixtus IV in 1473
    Skylab
    United States space station; in orbit from 1973 to 1979
    Mormon Tabernacle
    the Mormon temple
    Temple of Artemis
    a large temple at Ephesus that was said to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world
    Temple of Jerusalem
    any of three successive temples in Jerusalem that served as the primary center for Jewish worship; the first temple contained the Ark of the Covenant and was built by Solomon in the 10th century BC and destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BC; the second was built in 515 BC and the third was an enlargement by Herod the Great in 20 BC that was destroyed by the Romans during a Jewish revolt in AD 70; all that remains is the Wailing Wall
    Tower of Babel
    (Genesis 11:1-11) a tower built by Noah's descendants (probably in Babylon) who intended it to reach up to heaven; God foiled them by confusing their language so they could no longer understand one another
    Trojan Horse
    a large hollow wooden figure of a horse (filled with Greek soldiers) left by the Greeks outside Troy during the Trojan War
    United States Mint
    the mint that manufactures and distributes United States coins for circulation through Federal Reserve Banks; processes gold and silver bullion
    Vatican Palace
    the residence of the Catholic Pope in the Vatican City
    Fleet Street
    a street in central London where newspaper offices are situated
    Harley Street
    a street in central London where the consulting rooms of many physicians and surgeons are located
    Lombard Street
    a street in central London containing many of the major London banks
    Whitehall
    a wide street in London stretching from Trafalgar Square to the Houses of Parliament; site of many government offices
    Strand
    a street in west central London famous for its theaters and hotels
    Downing Street
    a street of Westminster in London
    Pall Mall
    a fashionable street in London noted for its many private clubs
    Balmoral Castle
    a castle in northeastern Scotland that is a private residence of the British sovereign
    Suez Canal
    a ship canal in northeastern Egypt linking the Red Sea with the Mediterranean Sea
    Quai d'Orsay
    the street in Paris along the south bank of the Seine known for its governmental ministries
    Champs Elysees
    a major avenue in Paris famous for elegant shops and cafes
    Fort George Gordon Meade
    a United States Army base in Maryland; headquarters of the National Security Agency
    Bowery
    a street in Manhattan noted for cheap hotels frequented by homeless derelicts
    Great White Way
    a street in Manhattan that passes through Times Square; famous for its theaters
    Park Avenue
    a fashionable residential street in New York City
    Wall Street
    a street in lower Manhattan where the New York Stock Exchange is located; symbol of American finance
    Mount Vernon
    the former residence of George Washington in northeastern Virginia overlooking the Potomac river
    Guided Bomb Unit-28
    a 5,000 pound laser-guided bomb that can be programmed to penetrate to a given depth before exploding; used to penetrate hardened underground facilities
    Chartres Cathedral
    a Gothic cathedral in northern France; built in 13th century
    Chisholm Trail
    a former cattle trail from San Antonio in Texas to Abilene in Kansas; not used after the 1880s
    Channel Tunnel
    the railroad tunnel between France and England under the English Channel
    Colossus of Rhodes
    a huge bronze statue of the sun god Helios that was built around 285 BC and that stood beside the harbor entrance on the island of Rhodes for about 50 years before it was toppled by an earthquake
    Excalibur
    the legendary sword of King Arthur
    Great Seal of the United States
    the seal of the United States government
    Holy Sepulcher
    the sepulcher in which Christ's body lay between burial and resurrection
    Lateran Palace
    a palace that served as the residence of the popes until the 14th century
    Marineland
    a commercial aquarium featuring trained dolphins
    Merrimac
    an ironclad vessel built by the Confederate forces in the hope of breaking the blockade imposed by the North
    Monitor
    an ironclad vessel built by Federal forces to do battle with the Merrimac
    Oval Office
    the office of the President of the United States in the White House
    Oracle of Apollo
    (Greek mythology) the oracle at Delphi where a priestess supposedly delivered messages from Apollo to those who sought advice; the messages were usually obscure or ambiguous
    Tuileries Palace
    palace and royal residence built for Catherine de Medicis in 1564 and burned down in 1871; all that remains today are the formal gardens
    Palace of Versailles
    a palace built in the 17th century for Louis XIV southwest of Paris near the city of Versailles
    Das Kapital
    a book written by Karl Marx (1867) describing his economic theories
    Erewhon
    a satirical novel written by Samuel Butler (1872) describing a fictitious land
    Utopia
    a book written by Sir Thomas More (1516) describing the perfect society on an imaginary island
    Dipylon gate
    a gateway to the west of ancient Athens near which a distinctive style of pottery has been found
    Buckingham Palace
    the London residence of the British sovereign
    Fifth Avenue
    an avenue in Manhattan that separates the east side of Manhattan from the west side
    Seventh Avenue
    an avenue in Manhattan that runs north and south
    trans-Alaska pipeline
    an oil pipeline that runs 800 miles from wells at Prudhoe Bay to the port of Valdez
    Auschwitz
    a Nazi concentration camp for Jews in southwestern Poland during World War II
    B-52
    United States military aircraft; B- stands for bomber
    Belsen
    a Nazi concentration camp for Jews created in northwestern Germany during World War II
    Big Ben
    clock in the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament, London
    H.M.S. Bounty
    a ship of the British navy; in 1789 part of the crew mutinied against their commander William Bligh and set him afloat in an open boat
    Buchenwald
    a Nazi concentration camp for Jews in World War II that was located in central Germany
    Dachau
    a concentration camp for Jews created by the Nazis near Munich in southern Germany
    Mausoleum at Halicarnasus
    a white marble mausoleum 140 feet high built in 352 BC at Halicarnassus as a memorial to a king; destroyed in 1402
    Mayflower
    the ship in which the Pilgrim Fathers sailed from England to Massachusetts in 1620
    Newgate
    a former prison in London notorious for its unsanitary conditions and burnt down in riots in 1780; a new prison was built on the same spot but was torn down in 1902
    Taj Mahal
    beautiful mausoleum at Agra built by the Mogul emperor Shah Jahan (completed in 1649) in memory of his favorite wife
    USS Cole
    a United States destroyer
    Westminster Abbey
    a famous Gothic church of St. Peter in Westminster, London on the site of a former Benedictine monastery
    Old Ironsides
    a United States 44-gun frigate that was one of the first three naval ships built by the United States; it won brilliant victories over British frigates during the War of 1812 and is without doubt the most famous ship in the history of the United States Navy; it has been rebuilt and is anchored in the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston
    Graf Zeppelin
    a large rigid dirigible designed to carry passengers or bombs
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    article
    one of a class of artifacts
    facility
    something designed and created to serve a particular function and to afford a particular convenience or service
    Americana
    any artifact (such as books or furniture or art) that is distinctive of America
    anachronism
    an artifact that belongs to another time
    antiquity
    an artifact surviving from the past
    block
    a solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides)
    button
    any artifact that resembles a button
    commodity, good, trade good
    articles of commerce
    cone
    any cone-shaped artifact
    covering
    an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it)
    creation
    an artifact that has been brought into existence by someone
    decker
    (often used in combinations) something constructed with multiple levels
    decoration, ornament, ornamentation
    something used to beautify
    electroplate
    any artifact that has been plated with a thin coat of metal by electrolysis
    excavation
    a hole in the ground made by excavating
    duplicate, extra
    something additional of the same kind
    cloth, fabric, material, textile
    artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers
    facility, installation
    a building or place that provides a particular service or is used for a particular industry
    fixture
    an object firmly fixed in place (especially in a household)
    float
    something that floats on the surface of water
    insert, inset
    an artifact that is inserted or is to be inserted
    instrumentality, instrumentation
    an artifact (or system of artifacts) that is instrumental in accomplishing some end
    bed, layer
    single thickness of usually some homogeneous substance
    lemon, stinker
    an artifact (especially an automobile) that is defective or unsatisfactory
    line
    something (as a cord or rope) that is long and thin and flexible
    marker
    some conspicuous object used to distinguish or mark something
    mystification
    something designed to mystify or bewilder
    opening
    a vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made
    cushioning, padding
    artifact consisting of soft or resilient material used to fill or give shape or protect or add comfort
    plaything, toy
    an artifact designed to be played with
    ready-made
    a manufactured artifact (as a garment or piece of furniture) that is made in advance and available for purchase
    restoration
    some artifact that has been restored or reconstructed
    flat solid, sheet
    a flat artifact that is thin relative to its length and width
    sphere
    any spherically shaped artifact
    square
    any artifact having a shape similar to a plane geometric figure with four equal sides and four right angles
    squeaker
    any artifact that makes a squeaking sound when used
    slip, strip
    artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material
    construction, structure
    a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts
    surface
    the outer boundary of an artifact or a material layer constituting or resembling such a boundary
    thing
    an artifact
    track
    a pair of parallel rails providing a runway for wheels
    way
    any artifact consisting of a road or path affording passage from one place to another
    weight
    an artifact that is heavy
    building material
    material used for constructing buildings
    pavement, paving, paving material
    material used to pave an area
    aba
    a fabric woven from goat hair and camel hair
    access, approach
    a way of entering or leaving
    acrylic
    a synthetic fabric
    adornment
    a decoration of color or interest that is added to relieve plainness
    Aertex
    a trademark for a loosely woven cotton fabric that is used to make shirts and underwear
    airdock, hangar, repair shed
    a large structure at an airport where aircraft can be stored and maintained
    airfield, field, flying field, landing field
    a place where planes take off and land
    alpaca
    a thin glossy fabric made of the wool of the Lama pacos, or made of a rayon or cotton imitation of that wool
    altar
    a raised structure on which gifts or sacrifices to a god are made
    antique
    any piece of furniture or decorative object or the like produced in a former period and valuable because of its beauty or rarity
    anvil
    a heavy block of iron or steel on which hot metals are shaped by hammering
    aperture
    an man-made opening; usually small
    arabesque
    an ornament that interlaces simulated foliage in an intricate design
    arboretum, botanical garden
    a facility where trees and shrubs are cultivated for exhibition
    arcade, colonnade
    a structure composed of a series of arches supported by columns
    arch
    (architecture) a masonry construction (usually curved) for spanning an opening and supporting the weight above it
    architectural ornament
    (architecture) something added to a building to improve its appearance
    area
    a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function
    art, fine art
    the products of human creativity; works of art collectively
    article of commerce
    an article that is offered for sale
    artificial skin
    a synthetic covering with two layers used experimentally to treat burn victims
    athletic facility
    a facility for athletic events
    backing, mount
    something forming a back that is added for strengthening
    backroom
    the meeting place of a group of leaders who make their decisions via private negotiations
    baize
    a bright green fabric napped to resemble felt; used to cover gaming tables
    balcony
    a platform projecting from the wall of a building and surrounded by a balustrade or railing or parapet
    balcony
    an upper floor projecting from the rear over the main floor in an auditorium
    ball
    a spherical object used as a plaything
    balloon
    small thin inflatable rubber bag with narrow neck
    band
    a thin flat strip of flexible material that is worn around the body or one of the limbs (especially to decorate the body)
    band, ring
    a strip of material attached to the leg of a bird to identify it (as in studies of bird migration)
    band
    a thin flat strip or loop of flexible material that goes around or over something else, typically to hold it together or as a decoration
    bascule
    a structure or device in which one end is counterbalanced by the other (on the principle of the seesaw)
    basic, staple
    (usually plural) a necessary commodity for which demand is constant
    basket weave
    a cloth woven of two or more threads interlaced to suggest the weave of a basket
    bathroom fixture
    any fixture in a bathroom
    batik
    a dyed fabric; a removable wax is used where the dye is not wanted
    batiste
    a thin plain-weave cotton or linen fabric; used for shirts or dresses
    beading, beadwork
    ornamentation with beads
    becket
    (nautical) a short line with an eye at one end and a knot at the other; used to secure loose items on a ship
    bed
    the flat surface of a printing press on which the type form is laid in the last stage of producing a newspaper or magazine or book etc.
    bell
    the flared opening of a tubular device
    belting
    the material of which belts are made
    blackboard, chalkboard
    sheet of slate; for writing with chalk
    blank
    a piece of material ready to be made into something
    blanket
    a layer of lead surrounding the highly reactive core of a nuclear reactor
    board
    a flat piece of material designed for a special purpose
    board, gameboard
    a flat portable surface (usually rectangular) designed for board games
    boarding
    a structure of boards
    bob, bobber, bobfloat, cork
    a small float usually made of cork; attached to a fishing line
    bob
    a hanging weight, especially a metal ball on a string
    body
    the external structure of a vehicle
    bombazine
    a twilled fabric used for dresses; the warp is silk and the weft is worsted
    bookmark, bookmarker
    a marker (a piece of paper or ribbon) placed between the pages of a book to mark the reader's place
    bootleg
    the part of a boot above the instep
    bore, bore-hole, drill hole
    a hole or passage made by a drill; usually made for exploratory purposes
    boucle
    a fabric of uneven yarn that has an uneven knobby effect
    bow
    a decorative interlacing of ribbons
    brass
    an ornament or utensil made of brass
    breakable
    an article that is fragile and easily broken
    breech, rear of barrel, rear of tube
    opening in the rear of the barrel of a gun where bullets can be loaded
    brick
    rectangular block of clay baked by the sun or in a kiln; used as a building or paving material
    bridge, span
    a structure that allows people or vehicles to cross an obstacle such as a river or canal or railway etc.
    briquet, briquette
    a block made from charcoal or coal dust and burned as fuel
    broadcloth
    a closely woven silk or synthetic fabric with a narrow crosswise rib
    broadcloth
    a densely textured woolen fabric with a lustrous finish
    brocade
    thick heavy expensive material with a raised pattern
    bubble
    a dome-shaped covering made of transparent glass or plastic
    buckram
    a coarse cotton fabric stiffened with glue; used in bookbinding and to stiffen clothing
    building, edifice
    a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place
    building block
    a block of material used in construction work
    building complex, complex
    a whole structure (as a building) made up of interconnected or related structures
    bunting
    a loosely woven fabric used for flags, etc.
    cafeteria facility
    (usually plural) facilities for providing food for employees or visitors
    bar, cake
    a block of solid substance (such as soap or wax)
    calico
    coarse cloth with a bright print
    cambric
    a finely woven white linen
    camel's hair, camelhair
    a soft tan cloth made with the hair of a camel
    camlet
    a fabric of Asian origin; originally made of silk and camel's hair
    camo, camouflage
    fabric dyed with splotches of green and brown and black and tan; intended to make the wearer of a garment made of this fabric hard to distinguish from the background
    canopy
    the umbrellalike part of a parachute that fills with air
    canopy
    the transparent covering of an aircraft cockpit
    canvas, canvass
    a heavy, closely woven fabric (used for clothing or chairs or sails or tents)
    cashmere
    a soft fabric made from the wool of the Cashmere goat
    casing
    the outermost covering of a pneumatic tire
    catchment
    a structure in which water is collected (especially a natural drainage area)
    centerpiece, centrepiece
    something placed at the center of something else (as on a table)
    ceramic
    an artifact made of hard brittle material produced from nonmetallic minerals by firing at high temperatures
    cerecloth
    a waterproof waxed cloth once used as a shroud
    chafing gear
    covering (usually rope or canvas) of a line or spar to protect it from friction
    challis
    a soft lightweight fabric (usually printed)
    chambray
    a lightweight fabric woven with white threads across a colored warp
    chenille
    a heavy fabric woven with chenille cord; used in rugs and bedspreads
    chiffon
    a sheer fabric of silk or rayon
    chino
    a coarse twilled cotton fabric frequently used for uniforms
    chintz
    a brightly printed and glazed cotton fabric
    chip
    a triangular wooden float attached to the end of a log line
    chock, wedge
    a block of wood used to prevent the sliding or rolling of a heavy object
    chopping block
    a steady wooden block on which food can be cut or diced or wood can be split
    Christmas tree
    an ornamented evergreen used as a Christmas decoration
    classic
    a creation of the highest excellence
    cloak
    anything that covers or conceals
    cloth covering
    a covering made of cloth
    article of clothing, clothing, habiliment, vesture, wear, wearable
    a covering designed to be worn on a person's body
    coat, coating
    a thin layer covering something
    coating
    a heavy fabric suitable for coats
    cobweb
    a fabric so delicate and transparent as to resemble a web of a spider
    cockade
    an ornament (such as a knot of ribbon or a rosette) usually worn on the hat
    cockhorse
    anything used as a toy horse (such as a rocking horse or one knee of an adult)
    coil, helix, spiral, volute, whorl
    a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops
    colonnade
    structure consisting of a row of evenly spaced columns
    column, pillar
    a vertical cylindrical structure standing alone and not supporting anything (such as a monument)
    communication equipment, communication system
    facility consisting of the physical plants and equipment for disseminating information
    composition
    something that is created by arranging several things to form a unified whole
    connecter, connection, connective, connector, connexion
    an instrumentality that connects
    consumer goods
    goods (as food or clothing) intended for direct use or consumption
    container
    any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)
    conveyance, transport
    something that serves as a means of transportation
    cord
    a line made of twisted fibers or threads
    cord, corduroy
    a cut pile fabric with vertical ribs; usually made of cotton
    corner, quoin
    (architecture) solid exterior angle of a building; especially one formed by a cornerstone
    cotton
    fabric woven from cotton fibers
    Canton flannel, cotton flannel
    a stout cotton fabric with nap on only one side
    balance, counterbalance, counterpoise, counterweight, equaliser, equalizer
    a weight that balances another weight
    course
    facility consisting of a circumscribed area of land or water laid out for a sport
    course, row
    (construction) a layer of masonry
    cover plate
    covering consisting of a plate used to cover over or close in a chamber or receptacle
    cramp, cramp iron
    a strip of metal with ends bent at right angles; used to hold masonry together
    crape, crepe
    a soft thin light fabric with a crinkled surface
    cretonne
    an unglazed heavy fabric; brightly printed; used for slipcovers and draperies
    crinoline
    a stiff coarse fabric used to stiffen hats or clothing
    cross
    a wooden structure consisting of an upright post with a transverse piece
    crosshead
    metal block that connects to a piston; it slides on parallel guides and moves a connecting rod back and forth
    cube, square block
    a block in the (approximate) shape of a cube
    cushion
    a soft bag filled with air or a mass of padding such as feathers or foam rubber etc.
    cushion
    the layer of air that supports a hovercraft or similar vehicle
    damask
    a fabric of linen or cotton or silk or wool with a reversible pattern woven into it
    deathtrap
    any structure that is very unsafe; where people are likely to be killed
    defence, defense, defensive structure
    a structure used to defend against attack
    delf
    an excavation; usually a quarry or mine
    denim, dungaree, jean
    a coarse durable twill-weave cotton fabric
    deposit, depositary, depository, repository
    a facility where things can be deposited for storage or safekeeping
    design, figure, pattern
    a decorative or artistic work
    device
    an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose
    diamante
    fabric covered with glittering ornaments such as sequins or rhinestones
    diaper
    a fabric (usually cotton or linen) with a distinctive woven pattern of small repeated figures
    dickey, dickie, dicky, shirtfront
    a man's detachable insert (usually starched) to simulate the front of a shirt
    diggings, digs
    an excavation for ore or precious stones or for archaeology
    dimity
    a strong cotton fabric with a raised pattern; used for bedcovers and curtains
    ditch
    a long narrow excavation in the earth
    doeskin
    a fine smooth soft woolen fabric
    doll, dolly
    a small replica of a person; used as a toy
    doll's house, dollhouse
    a small model of a house used as a toy by children
    domino
    a small rectangular block used in playing the game of dominoes; the face of each block has two equal areas that can bear 0 to 6 dots
    door
    a structure where people live or work (usually ordered along a street or road)
    drape
    a sterile covering arranged over a patient's body during a medical examination or during surgery in order to reduce the possibility of contamination
    drapery
    cloth gracefully draped and arranged in loose folds
    drive-in
    any installation designed to accommodate patrons in their automobiles
    drygoods, soft goods
    textiles or clothing and related merchandise
    duck
    a heavy cotton fabric of plain weave; used for clothing and tents
    duffel, duffle
    a coarse heavy woolen fabric
    earmuff
    either of a pair of ear coverings (usually connected by a headband) that are worn to keep the ears warm in cold weather
    elastic
    a fabric made of yarns containing an elastic material
    embellishment
    a superfluous ornament
    entablature
    (architecture) the structure consisting of the part of a classical temple above the columns between a capital and the roof
    entrant
    a commodity that enters competition with established merchandise
    equipment
    an instrumentality needed for an undertaking or to perform a service
    erection
    a structure that has been erected
    establishment
    a public or private structure (business or governmental or educational) including buildings and equipment for business or residence
    etamin, etamine
    a soft cotton or worsted fabric with an open mesh; used for curtains or clothing etc.
    exit, issue, outlet, way out
    an opening that permits escape or release
    export, exportation
    commodities (goods or services) sold to a foreign country
    face
    the striking or working surface of an implement
    faille
    a ribbed woven fabric of silk or rayon or cotton
    false bottom
    a horizontal structure that partitions a ship or box (especially one built close to the actual bottom)
    falsie
    padding that is worn inside a brassiere
    fancy goods
    goods that are chiefly ornamental
    felt
    a fabric made of compressed matted animal fibers
    fiber, fibre, vulcanized fiber
    a leatherlike material made by compressing layers of paper or cloth
    fig leaf
    a covering consisting of anything intended to conceal something regarded as shameful
    film, plastic film
    a thin sheet of (usually plastic and usually transparent) material used to wrap or cover things
    finger
    one of the parts of a glove that provides covering for a finger or thumb
    finial
    an ornament at the top of a spire or gable; usually a foliated fleur-de-lis
    flagship
    the chief one of a related group
    flannel
    a soft light woolen fabric; used for clothing
    flannelette
    a cotton fabric imitating flannel
    flap
    any broad thin and limber covering attached at one edge; hangs loose or projects freely
    fleece
    a soft bulky fabric with deep pile; used chiefly for clothing
    floor, level, storey, story
    a structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale
    floor cover, floor covering
    a covering for a floor
    floral arrangement, flower arrangement
    a decorative arrangement of flowers
    fly, fly front
    an opening in a garment that is closed by a zipper or by buttons concealed under a fold of cloth
    folder
    covering that is folded over to protect the contents
    falderol, folderal, frill, gimcrack, gimcrackery, nonsense, trumpery
    ornamental objects of no great value
    footgear, footwear
    covering for a person's feet
    assembly, forum, meeting place
    a public facility to meet for open discussion
    foulard
    a light plain-weave or twill-weave silk or silklike fabric (usually with a printed design)
    fountain
    a structure from which an artificially produced jet of water arises
    frieze
    a heavy woolen fabric with a long nap
    Frisbee
    a light, plastic disk about 10 inches in diameter; propelled with a flip of the wrist for recreation or competition
    fungible
    a commodity that is freely interchangeable with another in satisfying an obligation
    furnishing
    (usually plural) the instrumentalities (furniture and appliances and other movable accessories including curtains and rugs) that make a home (or other area) livable
    fustian
    a strong cotton and linen fabric with a slight nap
    future
    bulk commodities bought or sold at an agreed price for delivery at a specified future date
    gabardine
    a firm durable fabric with a twill weave
    crack, gap
    a narrow opening
    gargoyle
    an ornament consisting of a grotesquely carved figure of a person or animal
    garnish
    any decoration added as a trimming or adornment
    gas system
    facility (plant and equipment) for providing natural-gas service
    georgette
    a thin silk dress material
    gingham
    a clothing fabric in a plaid weave
    globe
    a sphere on which a map (especially of the earth) is represented
    graffiti, graffito
    a rude decoration inscribed on rocks or walls
    reef
    one of several strips across a sail that can be taken in or rolled up to lessen the area of the sail that is exposed to the wind
    grogram
    a coarse fabric of silk mixed with wool or mohair and often stiffened with gum
    grosgrain
    a silk or silklike fabric with crosswise ribs
    ground
    (art) the surface (as a wall or canvas) prepared to take the paint for a painting
    guide
    a structure or marking that serves to direct the motion or positioning of something
    gun muzzle, muzzle
    the open circular discharging end of a gun
    hair, haircloth
    cloth woven from horsehair or camelhair; used for upholstery or stiffening in garments
    hanging, wall hanging
    decoration that is hung (as a tapestry) on a wall or over a window
    hardware, ironware
    instrumentalities (tools or implements) made of metal
    herringbone
    a twilled fabric with a herringbone pattern
    hobby, hobbyhorse, rocking horse
    a child's plaything consisting of an imitation horse mounted on rockers; the child straddles it and pretends to ride
    hole
    an opening deliberately made in or through something
    homespun
    a rough loosely woven fabric originally made with yarn that was spun at home
    exhaust hood, hood
    metal covering leading to a vent that exhausts smoke or fumes
    hood
    (falconry) a leather covering for a hawk's head
    hood ornament
    an ornament on the front of the hood of a car emblematic of the manufacturer
    hopsack, hopsacking
    a loosely woven coarse fabric of cotton or linen; used in clothing
    horizontal surface, level
    a flat surface at right angles to a plumb line
    horsehair
    a fabric made from fibers taken from the mane or tail of horses; used for upholstery
    card-house, cardcastle, cardhouse, house of cards
    an unstable construction with playing cards
    housing, living accommodations, lodging
    structures collectively in which people are housed
    hula-hoop
    plaything consisting of a tubular plastic hoop for swinging around the hips
    hull
    the frame or body of ship
    imbrication, lapping, overlapping
    covering with a design in which one element covers a part of another (as with tiles or shingles)
    implement
    instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end
    import, importation
    commodities (goods or services) bought from a foreign country
    improvisation
    a creation spoken or written or composed extemporaneously (without prior preparation)
    encrustation, incrustation
    a decorative coating of contrasting material that is applied to a surface as an inlay or overlay
    block of metal, ingot, metal bar
    metal that is cast in the shape of a block for convenient handling
    inlay
    a decoration made by fitting pieces of wood into prepared slots in a surface
    instep
    the part of a shoe or stocking that covers the arch of the foot
    inlet, intake
    an opening through which fluid is admitted to a tube or container
    decor, interior decoration
    decoration consisting of the layout and furnishings of a livable interior
    interlayer
    a layer placed between other layers
    interstice
    small opening between things
    innovation, invention
    a creation (a new device or process) resulting from study and experimentation
    jack-in-the-box
    plaything consisting of a toy clown that jumps out of a box when the lid is opened
    jaconet
    a lightweight cotton cloth with a smooth and slightly stiff finish; used for clothing and bandages
    jacquard
    a highly figured fabric woven on a Jacquard loom
    jungle gym
    a structure of vertical and horizontal rods where children can climb and play
    jumping jack
    plaything consisting of a toy figure with movable joints that can be made to dance by pulling strings
    kaleidoscope
    an optical toy in a tube; it produces symmetrical patterns as bits of colored glass are reflected by mirrors
    khaddar, khadi
    a coarse homespun cotton cloth made in India
    khaki
    a sturdy twilled cloth of a yellowish brown color used especially for military uniforms
    kite
    plaything consisting of a light frame covered with tissue paper; flown in wind at end of a string
    Klein bottle
    a closed surface with only one side; formed by passing one end of a tube through the side of the tube and joining it with the other end
    knickknack, novelty
    a small inexpensive mass-produced article
    knit
    a fabric made by knitting
    knob, pommel
    an ornament in the shape of a ball on the hilt of a sword or dagger
    lace
    a delicate decorative fabric woven in an open web of symmetrical patterns
    lame
    a fabric interwoven with threads of metal
    laminate
    a sheet of material made by bonding two or more sheets or layers
    lamination
    a layered structure
    landing, landing place
    structure providing a place where boats can land people or goods
    lane
    a narrow way or road
    laniard, lanyard
    (nautical) a line used for extending or fastening rigging on ships
    lead, leading
    thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing
    imitation leather, leatherette
    fabric made to look like leather
    Lego, Lego set
    (trademark) a child's plastic construction set for making mechanical models
    lifeline
    line thrown from a vessel that people can cling to in order to save themselves from drowning
    lifeline
    line that raises or lowers a deep-sea diver
    flotation device, life preserver, preserver
    rescue equipment consisting of a buoyant belt or jacket to keep a person from drowning
    lift
    one of the layers forming the heel of a shoe or boot
    lighting fixture
    a fixture providing artificial light
    linen
    a fabric woven with fibers from the flax plant
    linsey-woolsey
    a rough fabric of linen warp and wool or cotton woof
    lint
    cotton or linen fabric with the nap raised on one side; used to dress wounds
    lisle
    a fabric woven with lisle thread
    burden, load, loading
    weight to be borne or conveyed
    lookout, lookout station, observation tower, observatory
    a structure commanding a wide view of its surroundings
    fenestella, lunette
    oval or circular opening; to allow light into a dome or vault
    lunula
    a crescent-shaped metal ornament of the Bronze Age
    mackinaw
    a heavy woolen cloth heavily napped and felted, often with a plaid design
    macintosh, mackintosh
    a lightweight waterproof (usually rubberized) fabric
    madras
    a light patterned cotton cloth
    makeweight
    a weight added to the scale to reach a required weight
    marseille
    strong cotton fabric with a raised pattern; used for bedspreads
    mask
    a covering to disguise or conceal the face
    masonry
    structure built of stone or brick by a mason
    master, master copy, original
    an original creation (i.e., an audio recording) from which copies can be made
    matting
    a covering of coarse fabric (usually of straw or hemp)
    means
    an instrumentality for accomplishing some end
    Meccano, Meccano set
    a child's construction set for making mechanical models
    membrane
    a thin pliable sheet of material
    memorial, monument
    a structure erected to commemorate persons or events
    menagerie, zoo, zoological garden
    the facility where wild animals are housed for exhibition
    meniscus
    (physics) the curved upper surface of a nonturbulent liquid in a vertical tube
    merchandise, product, ware
    commodities offered for sale
    mercy seat
    the golden covering of the ark of the covenant
    metallic
    a fabric made of a yarn that is partly or entirely of metal
    middling
    any commodity of intermediate quality or size (especially when coarse particles of ground wheat are mixed with bran)
    military installation
    any facility servicing military forces
    mine
    excavation in the earth from which ores and minerals are extracted
    mineshaft
    excavation consisting of a vertical or sloping passageway for finding or mining ore or for ventilating a mine
    miter, mitre
    the surface of a beveled end of a piece where a miter joint is made
    Mobius strip
    a continuous closed surface with only one side; formed from a rectangular strip by rotating one end 180 degrees and joining it with the other end
    mohair
    fabric made with yarn made from the silky hair of the Angora goat
    moire, watered-silk
    silk fabric with a wavy surface pattern
    molding, moulding
    a decorative strip used for ornamentation or finishing
    moleskin
    a durable cotton fabric with a velvety nap
    monk's cloth
    a heavy cloth in basket weave
    mooring, mooring line
    (nautical) a line that holds an object (especially a boat) in place
    moquette
    a thick velvety synthetic fabric used for carpets and soft upholstery
    moreen
    a heavy fabric of wool (or wool and cotton) used mostly in upholstery or for curtains
    motley
    a multicolored woolen fabric woven of mixed threads in 14th to 17th century England
    hill, mound
    structure consisting of an artificial heap or bank usually of earth or stones
    mousseline de sole
    a gauze-like fabric of silk or rayon
    mouth
    the opening of a jar or bottle
    mullion
    a nonstructural vertical strip between the casements or panes of a window (or the panels of a screen)
    muslin
    plain-woven cotton fabric
    nailhead
    something resembling the head of a nail that is used as an ornamental device
    nankeen
    a durable fabric formerly loomed by hand in China from natural cotton having a yellowish color
    neck, neck opening
    an opening in a garment for the neck of the wearer; a part of the garment near the wearer's neck
    necklet
    decoration worn about the neck (fur piece or tight necklace) as an ornament
    needlecraft, needlework
    a creation created or assembled by needle and thread
    mesh, meshing, meshwork, net, network
    an open fabric of string or rope or wire woven together at regular intervals
    ninon
    a fine strong sheer silky fabric made of silk or rayon or nylon
    nog
    a wooden block built into a masonry wall so that joinery structure can be nailed to it
    notion
    (usually plural) small personal articles or clothing or sewing items
    nut
    a small (usually square or hexagonal) metal block with internal screw thread to be fitted onto a bolt
    nylon
    a synthetic fabric
    impediment, impedimenta, obstructer, obstruction, obstructor
    any structure that makes progress difficult
    oilcloth
    cloth treated on one side with a drying oil or synthetic resin
    olive drab
    a cloth of an olive-brown color used for military uniforms
    organza
    a fabric made of silk or a silklike fabric that resembles organdy
    overlay
    a layer of decorative material (such as gold leaf or wood veneer) applied over a surface
    pad
    a flat mass of soft material used for protection, stuffing, or comfort
    inking pad, inkpad, pad, stamp pad
    a block of absorbent material saturated with ink; used to transfer ink evenly to a rubber stamp
    paddle box, paddle-box
    a wooden covering for the upper part of a paddlewheel
    painter
    a line that is attached to the bow of a boat and used for tying up (as when docking or towing)
    paisley
    a soft wool fabric with a colorful swirled pattern of curved shapes
    panel
    sheet that forms a distinct (usually flat and rectangular) section or component of something
    panting, trousering
    any fabric used to make trousers
    paperweight
    a weight used to hold down a stack of papers
    divider, partition
    a vertical structure that divides or separates (as a wall divides one room from another)
    passage
    a way through or along which someone or something may pass
    pass-through
    an opening that resembles a window between two rooms (especially a shelved opening between a kitchen and dining room that is used to pass dishes)
    path
    a way especially designed for a particular use
    pea shooter
    a straight narrow tube through which pellets (as dried peas) can be blown at a target
    pepper-and-salt
    a fabric woven with flecks of light and dark
    percale
    a fine closely woven cotton fabric
    durable press, permanent press
    a fabric that has been chemically processed to resist wrinkles and hold its shape
    piece of cloth, piece of material
    a separate part consisting of fabric
    pill
    something that resembles a tablet of medicine in shape or size
    pilot cloth
    a thick blue cloth used to make overcoats and coats for sailors etc
    pinata
    plaything consisting of a container filled with toys and candy; suspended from a height for blindfolded children to break with sticks
    pinstripe
    a fabric with very thin stripes
    pinwheel, pinwheel wind collector
    a toy consisting of vanes of colored paper or plastic that is pinned to a stick and spins when it is pointed into the wind
    pique
    tightly woven fabric with raised cords
    pit, quarry, stone pit
    a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate
    planking
    (nautical) a covering or flooring constructed of planks (as on a ship)
    plaster, plasterwork
    a surface of hardened plaster (as on a wall or ceiling)
    plate
    a sheet of metal or wood or glass or plastic
    photographic plate, plate
    a flat sheet of metal or glass on which a photographic image can be recorded
    plate glass, sheet glass
    glass formed into large thin sheets
    platform, weapons platform
    any military structure or vehicle bearing weapons
    playhouse, wendy house
    plaything consisting of a small model of a house that children can play inside of
    plumbing fixture
    a fixture for the distribution and use of water in a building
    plush
    a fabric with a nap that is longer and softer than velvet
    ply
    (usually in combinations) one of several layers of cloth or paper or wood as in plywood
    pogo stick
    plaything consisting of a pole with foot rests and a strong spring; propelled by jumping
    polyester
    any of a large class of synthetic fabrics
    pongee
    a soft thin cloth woven from raw silk (or an imitation)
    pontoon
    a float supporting a seaplane
    pool
    an excavation that is (usually) filled with water
    popgun
    plaything consisting of a toy gun that makes a popping sound
    poplin
    a ribbed fabric used in clothing and upholstery
    porch
    a structure attached to the exterior of a building often forming a covered entrance
    embrasure, port, porthole
    an opening (in a wall or ship or armored vehicle) for firing through
    post and lintel
    a structure consisting of vertical beams (posts) supporting a horizontal beam (lintel)
    grid, power grid, power system
    a system of high tension cables by which electrical power is distributed throughout a region
    prefab
    a prefabricated structure
    print
    a fabric with a dyed pattern pressed onto it (usually by engraved rollers)
    product, production
    an artifact that has been created by someone or some process
    projection
    any structure that branches out from a central support
    protection, protective cover, protective covering
    a covering that is intend to protect from damage or injury
    comfort station, convenience, public convenience, public lavatory, public toilet, restroom, toilet facility, wash room
    a toilet that is available to the public
    public works
    structures (such as highways or schools or bridges or docks) constructed at government expense for public use
    quilting
    a material used for making a quilt, or a quilted fabric
    raft
    a flat float (usually made of logs or planks) that can be used for transport or as a platform for swimmers
    railroad, railroad track, railway
    a line of track providing a runway for wheels
    range
    a place for shooting (firing or driving) projectiles of various kinds
    ratlin, ratline
    (nautical) a small horizontal rope between the shrouds of a sailing ship; they form a ladder for climbing aloft
    rattle
    a baby's toy that makes percussive noises when shaken
    rayon
    a synthetic silklike fabric
    recreation facility, recreational facility
    a public facility for recreation
    relic
    an antiquity that has survived from the distant past
    remake, remaking
    creation that is created again or anew
    rep, repp
    a fabric with prominent rounded crosswise ribs
    representation
    a creation that is a visual or tangible rendering of someone or something
    ribbon, typewriter ribbon
    a long strip of inked material for making characters on paper with a typewriter
    road, route
    an open way (generally public) for travel or transportation
    Roman building
    a building constructed by the ancient Romans
    cellar, root cellar
    an excavation where root vegetables are stored
    rope
    a strong line
    rosemaling
    a Scandinavian style of carved or painted decoration (as on furniture or walls or dinnerware) consisting of floral motifs
    sackcloth
    a coarse cloth resembling sacking
    bagging, sacking
    coarse fabric used for bags or sacks
    sail
    any structure that resembles a sail
    sailcloth
    a strong fabric (such as cotton canvas) used for making sails and tents
    samite
    a heavy silk fabric (often woven with silver or gold threads); used to make clothing in the Middle Ages
    sandbox, sandpile, sandpit
    a plaything consisting of a pile of sand or a box filled with sand for children to play in
    sateen
    a cotton fabric with a satiny finish
    satin
    a smooth fabric of silk or rayon; has a glossy face and a dull back
    satinet, satinette
    a fabric with a finish resembling satin but made partly or wholly from cotton or synthetic fiber
    screed
    an accurately levelled strip of material placed on a wall or floor as guide for the even application of plaster or concrete
    concealment, cover, covert, screen
    a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something
    projection screen, screen, silver screen
    a white or silvered surface where pictures can be projected for viewing
    screening
    fabric of metal or plastic mesh
    scrim
    a firm open-weave fabric used for a curtain in the theater
    seersucker
    a light puckered fabric (usually striped)
    dandle board, seesaw, teeter, teeter-totter, teeterboard, teetertotter, tilting board
    a plaything consisting of a board balanced on a fulcrum; the board is ridden up and down by children at either end
    serge
    a twilled woolen fabric
    offset, set-back, setoff
    structure where a wall or building narrows abruptly
    set decoration
    a decoration used as part of the set of a theatrical or movie production
    sewage system, sewage works, sewer system
    facility consisting of a system of sewers for carrying off liquid and solid sewage
    sgraffito
    a ceramic or mural decoration made by scratching off a surface layer to reveal the ground
    shag
    a fabric with long coarse nap
    shantung
    a heavy silk fabric with a rough surface (or a cotton imitation)
    sharkskin
    a smooth crisp fabric
    mainsheet, sheet, shroud, tack, weather sheet
    (nautical) a line (rope or chain) that regulates the angle at which a sail is set in relation to the wind
    sheeting
    fabric from which bed sheets are made
    sheet metal
    sheet of metal formed into a thin plate
    shelter
    a structure that provides privacy and protection from danger
    shirting
    any of various fabrics used to make men's shirts
    shirttail
    fabric forming the tail of a shirt
    shoebox
    a structure resembling a shoebox (as a rectangular building or a cramped room or compartment)
    shopping
    the commodities purchased from stores
    shroud
    a line that suspends the harness from the canopy of a parachute
    side
    an extended outer surface of an object
    sign, signboard
    structure displaying a board on which advertisements can be posted
    silesia
    a sturdy twill-weave cotton fabric; used for pockets and linings
    silk
    a fabric made from the fine threads produced by certain insect larvae
    sinker
    a weight that sinks (as to hold nets or fishing lines under water)
    skin
    an outer surface (usually thin)
    slab
    block consisting of a thick piece of something
    playground slide, slide, sliding board
    plaything consisting of a sloping chute down which children can slide
    catapult, sling, slingshot
    a plaything consisting of a Y-shaped stick with elastic between the arms; used to propel small stones
    slit
    a long narrow opening
    snorter
    something that is extraordinary or remarkable or prominent
    soap dish
    a bathroom or kitchen fixture for holding a bar of soap
    source
    a facility where something is available
    spandex
    an elastic synthetic fabric
    spandrel, spandril
    an approximately triangular surface area between two adjacent arches and the horizontal plane above them
    spiral, volute
    ornament consisting of a curve on a plane that winds around a center with an increasing distance from the center
    sponge cloth
    any soft porous fabric (especially in a loose honeycomb weave)
    sporting goods
    sports equipment sold as a commodity
    spout
    an opening that allows the passage of liquids or grain
    sprig
    an ornament that resembles a spray of leaves or flowers
    arena, bowl, sports stadium, stadium
    a large structure for open-air sports or entertainments
    staircase, stairway
    a way of access (upward and downward) consisting of a set of steps
    stammel
    a coarse woolen cloth formerly used for undergarments and usually dyed bright red
    standby
    something that can be relied on when needed
    starting block
    block providing bracing for a runner's feet at start of a race
    station
    a facility equipped with special equipment and personnel for a particular purpose
    stay
    a thin strip of metal or bone that is used to stiffen a garment (e.g. a corset)
    stela, stele
    an ancient upright stone slab bearing markings
    stencil
    a sheet of material (metal, plastic, cardboard, waxed paper, silk, etc.) that has been perforated with a pattern (printing or a design); ink or paint can pass through the perforations to create the printed pattern on the surface below
    step
    a solid block joined to the beams in which the heel of a ship's mast or capstan is fixed
    stick horse
    a child's plaything consisting on an imitation horse's head on one end of a stick
    stone
    building material consisting of a piece of rock hewn in a definite shape for a special purpose
    strand
    line consisting of a complex of fibers or filaments that are twisted together to form a thread or a rope or a cable
    rivet, stud
    ornament consisting of a circular rounded protuberance (as on a vault or shield or belt)
    stuffing
    padding put in mattresses and cushions and upholstered furniture
    suede, suede cloth
    a fabric made to resemble suede leather
    suiting
    a fabric used for suits
    superficies
    outer surface of an area or a body
    superstructure
    structure consisting of the part of a ship above the main deck
    supporting structure
    a structure that serves to support something
    swage block
    an iron block cut with holes and grooves to assist in cold working metal
    swan's down
    soft woolen fabric used especially for baby clothes
    swathing
    cloth coverings wrapped around something (as a wound or a baby)
    swing
    mechanical device used as a plaything to support someone swinging back and forth
    system
    instrumentality that combines interrelated interacting artifacts designed to work as a coherent entity
    tab
    a short strip of material attached to or projecting from something in order to facilitate opening or identifying or handling it
    taffeta
    a crisp smooth lustrous fabric
    fin, tail fin, tailfin
    one of a pair of decorations projecting above the rear fenders of an automobile
    tammy
    plain-woven (often glazed) fabric of wool or wool and cotton used especially formerly for linings and garments and curtains
    tapa, tappa
    a paperlike cloth made in the South Pacific by pounding tapa bark
    tape
    a long thin piece of cloth or paper as used for binding or fastening
    tapestry, tapis
    a heavy textile with a woven design; used for curtains and upholstery
    plaid, tartan
    a cloth having a crisscross design
    teddy, teddy bear
    plaything consisting of a child's toy bear (usually plush and stuffed with soft materials)
    terry, terry cloth, terrycloth
    a pile fabric (usually cotton) with uncut loops on both sides; used to make bath towels and bath robes
    throat
    an opening in the vamp of a shoe at the instep
    thumb
    the part of a glove that provides a covering for the thumb
    ticking
    a strong fabric used for mattress and pillow covers
    tier
    one of two or more layers one atop another
    tinsel
    a showy decoration that is basically valueless
    toe
    the part of footwear that provides a covering for the toes
    toilet articles, toiletry
    artifacts used in making your toilet (washing and taking care of your body)
    cover, top
    covering for a hole (especially a hole in the top of a container)
    spinning top, teetotum, top, whirligig
    a conical child's plaything tapering to a steel point on which it can be made to spin
    toweling, towelling
    any of various fabrics (linen or cotton) used to make towels
    tower
    a structure taller than its diameter; can stand alone or be attached to a larger building
    towing line, towing rope, towline, towrope
    (nautical) a rope used in towing
    trace
    either of two lines that connect a horse's harness to a wagon or other vehicle or to a whiffletree
    tracery
    decoration consisting of an open pattern of interlacing ribs
    train set
    a toy consisting of small models of railroad trains and the track for them to run on
    streetcar track, tramline, tramway
    the track on which trams or streetcars run
    transept
    structure forming the transverse part of a cruciform church; crosses the nave at right angles
    transit, transportation, transportation system
    a facility consisting of the means and equipment necessary for the movement of passengers or goods
    tread
    the grooved surface of a pneumatic tire
    trestlework
    a supporting structure composed of a system of connected trestles; for a bridge or pier or scaffold e.g.
    tweed
    thick woolen fabric used for clothing; originated in Scotland
    twill
    a cloth with parallel diagonal lines or ribs
    type
    a small metal block bearing a raised character on one end; produces a printed character when inked and pressed on paper
    upholstery
    covering (padding and springs and webbing and fabric) on a piece of furniture
    upholstery material
    the fabric used in upholstering
    utility
    a facility composed of one or more pieces of equipment connected to or part of a structure and designed to provide a service such as heat or electricity or water or sewage disposal
    variation
    an artifact that deviates from a norm or standard
    vaulting
    (architecture) a vaulted structure
    Velcro
    nylon fabric used as a fastening
    velour, velours
    heavy fabric that resembles velvet
    velvet
    a silky densely piled fabric with a plain back
    velveteen
    a usually cotton fabric with a short pile imitating velvet
    vertical surface
    a surface that is vertical
    vicuna
    a soft wool fabric made from the fleece of the vicuna
    Viyella
    a fabric made from a twilled mixture of cotton and wool
    voile
    a light semitransparent fabric
    wall
    a layer of material that encloses space
    ware
    articles of the same kind or material; usually used in combination: `silverware', `software'
    wash-and-wear
    a fabric treated to be easily washable and to require no ironing
    watercourse, waterway
    a conduit through which water flows
    squirt gun, squirter, water gun, water pistol
    plaything consisting of a toy pistol that squirts water
    waterproof
    any fabric impervious to water
    water, water supply, water system
    a facility that provides a source of water
    shipway, slipway, ways
    structure consisting of a sloping way down to the water from the place where ships are built or repaired
    arms, implements of war, munition, weaponry, weapons system
    weapons considered collectively
    weather strip, weather stripping, weatherstrip, weatherstripping
    a narrow strip of material to cover the joint of a door or window to exclude the cold
    web
    a fabric (especially a fabric in the process of being woven)
    webbing
    a strong fabric woven in strips
    well
    a deep hole or shaft dug or drilled to obtain water or oil or gas or brine
    wellhead
    a structure built over a well
    whipcord
    a strong worsted or cotton fabric with a diagonal rib
    grille, lattice, wicket
    small opening (like a window in a door) through which business can be transacted
    wincey
    a plain or twilled fabric of wool and cotton used especially for warm shirts or skirts and pajamas
    wind bell, wind chime
    a decorative arrangement of pieces of metal or glass or pottery that hang together loosely so the wind can cause them to tinkle
    window
    a transparent opening in a vehicle that allow vision out of the sides or back; usually is capable of being opened
    window
    an opening in a wall or screen that admits light and air and through which customers can be served
    wind tunnel
    a structure resembling a tunnel where air is blown at known velocities for testing parts of aircraft
    wire cloth
    fabric woven of metallic wire
    wobbler
    something that wobbles
    wool, woolen, woollen
    a fabric made from the hair of sheep
    worldly good, worldly possession
    a commodity or good associated with the earthly, rather than the spiritual, existence of human beings
    working, workings
    a mine or quarry that is being or has been worked
    work surface
    a horizontal surface for supporting objects used in working or playing games
    worsted
    a woolen fabric with a hard textured surface and no nap; woven of worsted yarns "he wore a worsted suit"
    wrap, wrapper, wrapping
    the covering (usually paper or cellophane) in which something is wrapped
    yard marker
    (football) a marker indicating the yard line
    yoke
    fabric comprising a fitted part at the top of a garment
    yo-yo
    a toy consisting of a spool that is reeled up and down on a string by motions of the hand
    medium
    a means or instrumentality for storing or communicating information
    piece
    an artistic or literary composition
    garnish
    something (such as parsley) added to a dish for flavor or decoration
    honeycomb
    a structure of small hexagonal cells constructed from beeswax by bees and used to store honey and larvae
    salvage
    property or goods saved from damage or destruction
    balance, counterbalance, equilibrium, equipoise
    equality of distribution
    pina cloth
    a fine cloth made from pineapple fibers
    asphalt
    mixed asphalt and crushed gravel or sand; used especially for paving but also for roofing
    bricks and mortar
    building material consisting of bricks laid with mortar between them
    cement
    a building material that is a powder made of a mixture of calcined limestone and clay; used with water and sand or gravel to make concrete and mortar
    concrete
    a strong hard building material composed of sand and gravel and cement and water
    covering material
    a material used by builders to cover surfaces
    fencing, fencing material
    material for building fences
    flooring
    building material used in laying floors
    gunite
    a mixture of cement and sand and water that is sprayed on a surface under pneumatic pressure
    insulant, insulating material, insulation
    a material that reduces or prevents the transmission of heat or sound or electricity
    lath and plaster
    a building material consisting of thin strips of wood that provide a foundation for a coat of plaster
    lumber, timber
    the wood of trees cut and prepared for use as building material
    mortar
    used as a bond in masonry or for covering a wall
    blacktop, blacktopping
    a black bituminous material used for paving roads or other areas; usually spread over crushed rock
    macadam
    broken stone used in macadamized roadways
    tarmac, tarmacadam
    a paving material of tar and broken stone; mixed in a factory and shaped during paving
    roofing material
    building material used in constructing roofs
    shake, shingle
    building material used as siding or roofing
    siding
    material applied to the outside of a building to make it weatherproof
    staff
    building material consisting of plaster and hair; used to cover external surfaces of temporary structure (as at an exposition) or for decoration
    sticks and stone
    a general term for building materials
    wattle and daub
    building material consisting of interwoven rods and twigs covered with clay
    type of:
    unit, whole
    an assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity
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