Meaning of TWILL in English


I. ˈtwil noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English twyll, twylle, from Old English twilic having a double thread, modification (influenced by twi- ) of Latin bilic-, bilix, from bi- + -lic-, -lix (akin to Latin licium thread)

1. : a fabric with a twill weave

gabardine and serge are twills

2. or twill weave : a basic textile weave producing an allover surface pattern of fine diagonal lines or ribs usually all running to the left or right and made by floating weft or warp threads over groups of two or more threads and staggering these floats regularly or irregularly to form a slanting line

herringbone is a reversed or pointed twill

gabardine has a steep twill

3. : a basketry pattern made by passing one or more wefts over two or more warps

II. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

: to make (cloth) with a twill weave

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: by alteration

dialect England : quill

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.