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Webster 1913 Edition


Tissue

Tis′sue

,
Noun.
[F.
tissu
, fr.
tissu
, p. p. of
tisser
,
tistre
, to weave, fr. L.
texere
. See
Text
.]
1.
A woven fabric.
2.
A fine transparent silk stuff, used for veils, etc.; specifically, cloth interwoven with gold or silver threads, or embossed with figures.
A robe of
tissue
, stiff with golden wire.
Dryden.
In their glittering
tissues
bear emblazed
Holy memorials.
Milton.
3.
(Biol.)
One of the elementary materials or fibres, having a uniform structure and a specialized function, of which ordinary animals and plants are composed; a texture;
as, epithelial
tissue
; connective
tissue
.
☞ The term tissue is also often applied in a wider sense to all the materials or elementary tissues, differing in structure and function, which go to make up an organ; as, vascular tissue, tegumentary tissue, etc.
4.
Fig.: Web; texture; complicated fabrication; connected series;
as, a
tissue
of forgeries, or of falsehood
.
Unwilling to leave the dry bones of Agnosticism wholly unclothed with any living
tissue
of religious emotion.
A. J. Balfour.
Tissue paper
,
very thin, gauzelike paper, used for protecting engravings in books, for wrapping up delicate articles, etc.

Tis′sue

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Tissued
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Tissuing
.]
To form tissue of; to interweave.
Covered with cloth of gold
tissued
upon blue.
Bacon.

Webster 1828 Edition


Tissue

TISSUE

,
Noun.
tish'u.
1.
Cloth interwoven with gold or silver, or with figured colors.
A robe of tissue, stiff with golden wire.
2.
In anatomy, texture or organization of parts. The peculiar intimate structure of a part is called its tissue. A part of a fibrous structure is called a fibrous tissue. The organs of the body are made up of simpler elements, some generally diffused through the body,and others peculiar to particular organs. These simpler structures are called the tissues of the body; as the cellular tissue; the mucous tissue, &c. The cellular tissue is the cellular membrane.
3.
A connected series; as, the whole story is a tissue of forgeries or of falsehood.

Definition 2022


tissue

tissue

English

Noun

tissue (countable and uncountable, plural tissues)

  1. Thin, woven, gauze-like fabric.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 17, in The China Governess:
      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.
  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

Translations

Verb

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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