WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
gauze /gɔz/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. Textilesany thin and often transparent fabric made from any fiber in a plain weave, esp. loosely woven cotton used as a dressing for wounds or surgery.
gauz•y, adj., -i•er, -i•est. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
gauze  (gôz), 
n. 
  1. Textilesany thin and often transparent fabric made from any fiber in a plain or leno weave.
  2. Medicinea surgical dressing of loosely woven cotton.
  3. Textilesany material made of an open, meshlike weave, as of wire.
  4. a thin haze.
Etymology:
  • ?
  • French gaze
  • 1555–65
gauzelike′, adj. 


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

gauze /ɡɔːz/ n
  1. a transparent cloth of loose plain or leno weave
  2. a surgical dressing of muslin or similar material
  3. any thin openwork material, such as wire
  4. a fine mist or haze
Etymology: 16th Century: from French gaze, perhaps from Gaza, where it was believed to originate




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