Thursday, December 10, 2009

Jargon of the Week - Bearding

Have you heard the term bearding? That's this week's Jargon of the Week. defines bearding as:
beard /bɪərd/ [beerd]

1. the growth of hair on the face of an adult man, often including a mustache.
2. Zoology. a tuft, growth, or part resembling or suggesting a human beard, as the tuft of long hairs on the lower jaw of a goat or the cluster of hairlike feathers at the base of the bill in certain birds.
3. Botany. a tuft or growth of awns or the like, as on wheat or barley.
4. a barb or catch on an arrow, fishhook, knitting needle, crochet needle, etc.
5. Also called bevel neck. Printing.
a. the sloping part of a type that connects the face with the shoulder of the body.
b. British. the space on a type between the bottom of the face of an x-high character and the edge of the body, comprising both beard and shoulder.
c. the cross stroke on the stem of a capital G.

–verb (used with object)
6. to seize, pluck, or pull the beard of: The hoodlums bearded the old man.
7. to oppose boldly; defy: It took courage for the mayor to beard the pressure groups.
8. to supply with a beard.

bef. 900; ME berd, OE beard; c. G Bart, D baard, LL Langobardi Long-beards, name of the Lombards, Crimean Goth bars, L barba (> Welsh barf), Lith barzdà, OCS brada, Russ borodá; European IE *bHaer-dhā, perh. akin to barley 1

Bearding is when little fibers of batting start to come out of a quilt through the holes created by the quilt stitching. I've noticed this starts to happen after a quilt has been washed a few times. The batting fibers are somehow worked through the stitching holes during a wash cycle.

Another term for bearding is fiber migration.

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