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A gelatinous film-forming substance, in solution or dispersion, applied normally to warps sometimes to wefts, generally before weaving.

Note 1: The main types are carbohydrates and their derivatives, gelatin, and animal glues, although other substances, such as linseed oil, poly(acrylic acid), and poly(vinyl alcohol) are also used

Note 2: The objects of sizing prior to weaving are to protect the yarns from abrasion in healds and reed and against each other; to strengthen them; and by the addition of oils and fats, to lubricate them.

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Any of various gelatinous or glutinous preparations made form glue, starch, etc., used for coating the threads.

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