tissue

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French tissu, past participle of tistre, from Latin texere.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

tissue (plural tissues)

  1. Thin, woven, gauze-like fabric.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 17, The China Governess[1]:
      The face which emerged was not reassuring. It was blunt and grey, the nose springing thick and flat from high on the frontal bone of the forehead, whilst his eyes were narrow slits of dark in a tight bandage of tissue. […].
  2. A fine transparent silk material, used for veils, etc.; specifically, cloth interwoven with gold or silver threads, or embossed with figures.
    • Dryden
      a robe of tissue, stiff with golden wire
    • Milton
      In their glittering tissues bear emblazed / Holy memorials.
  3. A sheet of absorbent paper, especially one that is made to be used as tissue paper, toilet paper or a handkerchief.
  4. Absorbent paper as material.
  5. (biology) A group of similar cells that function together to do a specific job
    • 1924, ARISTOTLE. Metaphysics. Translated by W. D. Ross. Nashotah, Wisconsin, USA: The Classical Library, 2001. Available at: <http://www.classicallibrary.org/aristotle/metaphysics/>. Book 1, Part 10.
      But it is similarly necessary that flesh and each of the other tissues should be the ratio of its elements, or that not one of them should; []
  6. Web; texture; complicated fabrication; connected series.
    a tissue of forgeries, or of lies
    • A. J. Balfour
      unwilling to leave the dry bones of Agnosticism wholly unclothed with any living tissue of religious emotion

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Verb[edit]

tissue (third-person singular simple present tissues, present participle tissuing, simple past and past participle tissued)

  1. To form tissue of; to interweave.
    Covered with cloth of gold tissued upon blue. — Francis Bacon.

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