Hypertext Webster Gateway: "fashion"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Fashion \Fash"ion\, n. [OE. fasoun, facioun, shape, manner, F.
facon, orig., a making, fr. L. factio a making, fr. facere to
make. See {Fact}, {Feat}, and cf. {Faction}.]
1. The make or form of anything; the style, shape,
appearance, or mode of structure; pattern, model; as, the
fashion of the ark, of a coat, of a house, of an altar,
etc.; workmanship; execution.

The fashion of his countenance was altered. --Luke
ix. 29.

I do not like the fashion of your garments. --Shak.

2. The prevailing mode or style, especially of dress; custom
or conventional usage in respect of dress, behavior,
etiquette, etc.; particularly, the mode or style usual
among persons of good breeding; as, to dress, dance, sing,
ride, etc., in the fashion.

The innocent diversions in fashion. --Locke.

As now existing, fashion is a form of social
regulation analogous to constitutional government as
a form of political regulation. --H. Spencer.

3. Polite, fashionable, or genteel life; social position;
good breeding; as, men of fashion.

4. Mode of action; method of conduct; manner; custom; sort;
way. ``After his sour fashion.'' --Shak.

{After a fashion}, to a certain extent; in a sort.

{Fashion piece} (Naut.), one of the timbers which terminate
the transom, and define the shape of the stern.

{Fashion plate}, a pictorial design showing the prevailing
style or a new style of dress.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Fashion \Fash"ion\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fashioned}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Fashioning}.] [Cf. F. faconner.]
1. To form; to give shape or figure to; to mold.

Here the loud hammer fashions female toys. --Gay.

Ingenious art . . . Steps forth to fashion and
refine the age. --Cowper.

2. To fit; to adapt; to accommodate; -- with to.

Laws ought to be fashioned to the manners and
conditions of the people. --Spenser.

3. To make according to the rule prescribed by custom.

Fashioned plate sells for more than its weight.

4. To forge or counterfeit. [Obs.] --Shak.

{Fashioning needle} (Knitting Machine), a needle used for
widening or narrowing the work and thus shaping it.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: a manner of performance; "a manner of living"; "in the
characteristic New York style"; "a way of life" [syn: {manner},
{mode}, {style}, {way}]
2: characteristic or habitual practice
3: the latest and most admired style in clothes and cosmetics
and behavior
v : make out of components (often in an improvising manner);
"She fashioned a tent out of a sheet and a few sticks"
[syn: {forge}]

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