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NOUN (1)

1. a silky densely piled fabric with a plain back;


1. smooth and soft to sight or hearing or touch or taste;
[syn: velvet, velvety, velvet-textured]

2. resembling velvet in having a smooth soft surface;
[syn: velvet, velvety]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Velvet \Vel"vet\, n. [OE. velouette, veluet, velwet; cf. OF. velluau, LL. velluetum, vellutum, It. velluto, Sp. velludo; all fr. (assumed) LL. villutus shaggy, fr L. villus shaggy hair; akin to vellus a fleece, and E. wool. See Wool, and cf. Villous.] [1913 Webster] 1. A silk fabric, having a short, close nap of erect threads. Inferior qualities are made with a silk pile on a cotton or linen back, or with other soft fibers such as nylon, acetate, or rayon. [1913 Webster + PJC] 2. The soft and highly vascular deciduous skin which envelops and nourishes the antlers of deer during their rapid growth. [1913 Webster] 3. Something likened to velvet[1] in being soft or luxurious; as, a lawn of velvet. [PJC] Cotton velvet, an imitation of velvet, made of cotton. Velvet cork, the best kind of cork bark, supple, elastic, and not woody or porous. Velvet crab (Zool.), a European crab (Portunus puber). When adult the black carapace is covered with a velvety pile. Called also lady crab, and velvet fiddler. Velvet dock (Bot.), the common mullein. Velvet duck. (Zool.) (a) A large European sea duck, or scoter (Oidemia fusca). The adult male is glossy, velvety black, with a white speculum on each wing, and a white patch behind each eye. (b) The American whitewinged scoter. See Scoter. Velvet flower (Bot.), love-lies-bleeding. See under Love. Velvet grass (Bot.), a tall grass (Holcus lanatus) with velvety stem and leaves; -- called also soft grass. Velvet runner (Zool.), the water rail; -- so called from its quiet, stealthy manner of running. [Prov. Eng.] Velvet scoter. (Zool.) Same as Velvet duck, above. Velvet sponge. (Zool.) See under Sponge. in velvet having a coating of velvet[2] over the antlers; in the annual stage where the antlers are still growing; -- of deer. [1913 Webster + PJC]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Velvet \Vel"vet\, a. Made of velvet; soft and delicate, like velvet; velvety. " The cowslip's velvet head." --Milton. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Velvet \Vel"vet\, v. i. To pain velvet. [R.] --Peacham. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Velvet \Vel"vet\, v. t. To make like, or cover with, velvet. [R.] [1913 Webster]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

103 Moby Thesaurus words for "velvet": Easy Street, affluence, alabaster, bed of roses, billiard table, blubber, bowling alley, bowling green, breeze, butter, cinch, clay, clover, comfort, contentment, cushion, daintiness, delicacy, dough, down, downiness, ease, easy circumstances, easy target, easy thing, eiderdown, feather bed, feathers, felicity, filminess, fine-grainedness, fineness, flat, fleece, fleshpots, floss, flue, fluff, fluffiness, foam, fuzz, fuzziness, glass, gossameriness, gracious life, gracious living, happiness, ice, ivory, kapok, lap of luxury, level, life of ease, loaves and fishes, luxury, mahogany, marble, peach fuzz, picnic, pie, piece of cake, pillow, plane, plush, prosperity, prosperousness, pubescence, pudding, puff, pushover, putty, refinement, rubber, satin, satininess, security, setup, silk, silkiness, sinecure, sitting duck, slide, smooth, smoothness, snap, softness, solid comfort, success, swansdown, tennis court, the affluent life, the good life, thistledown, thriving condition, upward mobility, velvetiness, wax, weal, wealth, welfare, well-being, wool, zephyr