Definition of "tuft" []

  • A short cluster of elongated strands, as of yarn, hair, or grass, attached at the base or growing close together. (noun)
  • A dense clump, especially of trees or bushes. (noun)
  • To furnish or ornament with tufts or a tuft. (verb-transitive)
  • To pass threads through the layers of (a quilt, mattress, or upholstery), securing the thread ends with a knot or button. (verb-transitive)
  • To separate or form into tufts. (verb-intransitive)
  • A bunch of feathers, grass, hair, etc, held together at the base (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A cluster of threads drawn tightly through upholstery, a mattress, a quilt, etc, to secure and strengthen the padding (noun)
  • A small clump of trees or bushes (noun)
  • (formerly) a gold tassel on the cap worn by titled undergraduates at English universities (noun)
  • A person entitled to wear such a tassel (noun)
  • To provide or decorate with a tuft or tufts (verb)
  • To form or be formed into tufts (verb)
  • To secure and strengthen (a mattress, quilt, etc) with tufts (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "tuft" in a sentence
  • "When boys are first shaved generally in the second or third year, a tuft is left on the crown and another over the forehead; but this is not the fashion amongst adults."
  • "-- B. togeanensis Sody, 1949: the largest species, it has sparser, shorter body than B. babyrussa and, in contrast to B. celebensis, the tail tuft is well developed."
  • "ABOUT five years ago, fome men working in a quarry of that kind of ftone which in this part of the country we call tuft ■ *, at about five or fix feet below the furfiice,, in a very Iblid part of the rock, met with feveral fragments of the horns and bones of one or different animals."