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Socktionary

ABRASION RESISTANCE

The ability of a fiber or fabric to withstand surface wear and rubbing.

BLEND

A yarn obtained when two or more staple fibers are combined in the textile process for producing spun yarns

DURABILITY

A relative term for the resistance of a material to loss of physical properties or appearance as a result of wear.

ELASTICITY

The ability of a fiber or fabric to resume its normal shape after being stretched or compressed. Important quality for preventing blisters.

FABRIC CONTENT

The main type of fiber used in a sock or garment

FABRIC WEIGHT

Describes the warmth and padding level of a sock

FIBER(S)

The kind of material (wool, silk etc) a sock is made from

FILAMENT

A fiber of an indefinite or extreme length such as found naturally in silk. Man-made fibers are extruded into filaments which are converted into filament yarn, staple, or tow.

SOCK HEIGHT

The highest point a sock reaches on the leg

HYDROPHILIC

Absorbs moisture. Cotton and wool are examples of hydrophilic fabric.

HYDROPHOBIC

Repels moisture. CoolMax, DryMax and polypropylene are examples of hydrophobic fabric.

KNEEHIGH

Stockings or socks that come just below the knee. They are styled with elastic tops and stay up without the help of garters.

TIGHTS

One-piece garment from hip to toe. Distinguished from pantyhose in that it is usually a garment made with 40 denier yarn and over. Sometimes made of yarn other than nylon.

TUBE SOCKS

Hosiery knit in the shape of a tube, usually on multifeed machines. Tube socks are nonreciprocated-without a knit in heel and are often used as sport socks.

WICKING

The property of a fiber or fabric that allows moisture to pass through it unabsorbed and evaporate quickly, keeping the wearer dry. Important quality for preventing blisters.