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DAM'ASK, n.

1. A silk stuff, having some parts raised above the ground, representing flowers and other figures; originally from Damascus.

2. A kind of wrought linen, made in Flanders, in imitation of damask silks.

3. Red color, from the damask-rose.

Damask-steel, is a fine steel from the Levant, chiefly from Damascus, used for sword and cutlas blades.

DAM'ASK, v.t.

1. To form flowers on stuffs; also, to variegate; to diversify; as, a bank damasked with flowers.

2. To adorn steel-work with figures. [See Damaskeen]



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DAM'ASK, n.

1. A silk stuff, having some parts raised above the ground, representing flowers and other figures; originally from Damascus.

2. A kind of wrought linen, made in Flanders, in imitation of damask silks.

3. Red color, from the damask-rose.

Damask-steel, is a fine steel from the Levant, chiefly from Damascus, used for sword and cutlas blades.

DAM'ASK, v.t.

1. To form flowers on stuffs; also, to variegate; to diversify; as, a bank damasked with flowers.

2. To adorn steel-work with figures. [See Damaskeen]

DAM'ASK, n. [It. dommasco; Fr. damas; Sp. damasco; from Damascus, in Syria.]

  1. A silk stuff, having some parts raised above the ground, representing flowers and other figures, originally from Damascus.
  2. A kind of wrought linen, made in Flanders, in imitation of damask silks.
  3. Red color, from the damask-rose. Fairfax. Damask-steel, is a fine steel from the Levant, chiefly from Damascus, used for sword and cutlas blades.

DAM'ASK, v.t.

  1. To form flowers on stuffs; also, to variegate; to diversify; as, a bank damasked with flowers. Milton.
  2. To adorn steel-work with figures. [See Damaskeen.]

Dam"ask
  1. Damask silk; silk woven with an elaborate pattern of flowers and the like.

    "A bed of ancient damask." W. Irving.
  2. Pertaining to, or originating at, the city of Damascus; resembling the products or manufactures of Damascus.
  3. 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.

    Mingled metal damasked o'er with gold. Dryde(?).

    On the soft, downy bank, damasked with flowers. Milton.

  4. Linen so woven that a pattern in produced by the different directions of the thread, without contrast of color.
  5. Having the color of the damask rose.

    But let concealment, like a worm i' the bud,
    Feed on her damask cheek.
    Shak.

    Damask color, a deep rose-color like that of the damask rose. -- Damask plum, a small dark-colored plum, generally called damson. -- Damask rose (Bot.), 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." Bacon. -- 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.

  6. A heavy woolen or worsted stuff with a pattern woven in the same way as the linen damask; -- made for furniture covering and hangings.
  7. Damask or Damascus steel; also, the peculiar markings or "water" of such steel.
  8. A deep pink or rose color.

    Fairfax.
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Damask

DAM'ASK, noun

1. A silk stuff, having some parts raised above the ground, representing flowers and other figures; originally from Damascus.

2. A kind of wrought linen, made in Flanders, in imitation of damask silks.

3. Red color, from the damask-rose.

Damask-steel, is a fine steel from the Levant, chiefly from Damascus, used for sword and cutlas blades.

DAM'ASK, verb transitive

1. To form flowers on stuffs; also, to variegate; to diversify; as, a bank damasked with flowers.

2. To adorn steel-work with figures. [See Damaskeen]

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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