fabric noun

1 cloth

ADJ. beautiful, rich rich fabric wall coverings | delicate, fine, lightweight, sheer, soft, thin | coarse, firm, hard-wearing, thick | stretch | floral, patterned, plain, printed, striped | knitted, woven | cotton, nylon, woollen, etc. | synthetic | curtain, dress, furnishing

QUANT. length, piece, strip

VERB + FABRIC produce, weave The fabric is woven on these machines.

2 basic structure of a society/way of life

ADJ. basic the basic fabric of family life | economic, political, social

VERB + FABRIC destroy The government's policies have destroyed the social fabric.

PHRASES the very/whole fabric of sth a threat to the very fabric of society