\fab"ric\ (?), n. [l. fabrica fabric, workshop: cf. f. fabrique fabric. see forge.]
1. the structure of anything; the manner in which the parts of a thing are united; workmanship; texture; make; as cloth of a beautiful fabric.
2. that which is fabricated; as: (a) framework; structure; edifice; building. anon out of the earth a fabric huge rose like an exhalation. (b) cloth of any kind that is woven or knit from fibers, either vegetable or animal; manufactured cloth; as, silks or other fabrics.
3. the act of constructing; construction. [r.] tithe was received by the bishop, for the fabric of the churches for the poor.
4. any system or structure consisting of connected parts; as, the fabric of the universe. the whole vast fabric of society.
\fab"ric\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. fabricked (?); p. pr. & vb. n. fabricking.] to frame; to build; to construct. [obs.] "fabric their mansions." philips.
1. artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers [syn: cloth, material, textile]
2. the underlying structure; "restoring the framework of the bombed building"; "it is part of the fabric of society" [syn: framework]