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EMBROIDERY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does embroidery mean? 

EMBROIDERY (noun)
  The noun EMBROIDERY has 2 senses:

1. elaboration of an interpretation by the use of decorative (sometimes fictitious) detail
2. decorative needlework

  Familiarity information: EMBROIDERY used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


EMBROIDERY (noun)


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Meaning:

Elaboration of an interpretation by the use of decorative (sometimes fictitious) detail

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

embellishment; embroidery

Context example:

the mystery has been heightened by many embellishments in subsequent retellings

Hypernyms ("embroidery" is a kind of...):

elaboration; enlargement; expansion (a discussion that provides additional information)


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Meaning:

Decorative needlework

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

fancywork; embroidery

Hypernyms ("embroidery" is a kind of...):

needlecraft; needlework (a creation created or assembled by needle and thread)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "embroidery"):

candlewick (loops of soft yarn are cut to give a tufted pattern)

sampler (a piece of embroidery demonstrating skill with various stitches)

needlepoint; needlepoint embroidery (embroidery consisting of allover embroidered canvas resembling tapestry)

hemstitch (embroidery similar to drawnwork)

faggpting; fagoting (embroidery in which groups of parallel threads are tied together with fagot stitches)

drawnwork (ornamental needlework done by drawing threads to form lacelike patterns)

cutwork (embroidery in which the design is outlined in a buttonhole stitch and the intervening material is cut away)

cross-stitch (embroidery done with pairs of stitches that cross each other)

crewelwork (embroidery done with loosely twisted worsted yarn)

smocking (embroidery consisting of ornamental needlework on a garment that is made by gathering the cloth tightly in stitches)


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