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There are 243 names in this directory beginning with the letter C.
CABINET
A basic part of the manufactured-fiber spinning machine where, in dry spinning, the filaments become solidified by solvent evaporation and, in melt spinning, the filaments are solidified by cooling. See QUENCH

CABLE STITCH
A knit effect produced by crossing a group of stitches over a neighboring stitch group.

CABLE TWIST
A construction of thread, yarn, cord, or rope in which each successive twist is in the direction opposite the preceding twists; i.e., and S/Z/S or Z/S/Z construction.

CABLED YARN
A yarn formed by twisting together two or more plied yarns.

CALAVRY TWILL
A pronounced, raised cord on a 63-degree twill weave characterizes this rugged cloth usually made from wool or wool blend yarns.

CALENDER
A machine used in finishing to impart a variety of surface effects to fabrics. A calender essentially consists of two or more heavy rollers, sometimes heated, through which the fabric passes under heavy pressure.

CALENDER COATING

CALENDERING
A mechanical finishing process for fabrics to produce special effects, such as high luster, glazing, moire, and embossed effects. In this operation, the fabric is passed between heated rolls under pressure.

CALENDERING ROLLS
1. The main cylinders on a calender. 2. Smooth or fluted rolls used on carious fiber-processing machines such as pickers and cards to compress the lap or sliver as it passes between them.

CALICO
A plain, closely woven, inexpensive cloth, usually cotton or a cotton/manufactured fiber blend, characteristically having figured patterns on a white or contrasting background. Calico is typically used for aprons, dresses, and quilts.

CALORIMETRY
The process of measuring quantities of absorbed or evolved heat, often used to determine specific heat.

CAM
A rotating or sliding piece or projection used to impart timed or periodic motion to other parts of a machine. It is used chiefly as a controlling or timing element in machines rather than as part of a power transmission mechanism. Cams are particularly important in both knitting and weaving machinery.

CAMBRIC
A soft, white, closely woven, cotton or cotton blend fabric that has been calendered on the right side to give it a slight gloss. Cambric is used extensively for handkerchiefs.

CAN
1. A cylindrical container, about 3 feet high and 10 to 12 inches in diameter, that is used to collect sliver delivered by a card, drawing frame, etc. 2. See DRYING CYLINDERS

CANDLE FILTER
A small filter interposed between the spinning pump and spinning jet to effect final filtration of the spinning solution prior to extrusion.

CANDLE WATER TEMPERATURE
The temperature of the water surrounding the candle filter or within the heating jacket during fiber extrusion.

CANDLEWICK FABRIC
An unbleached muslin base fabric used to produce a chenille-like fabric by applying candlewick (heavy-plied yarn) loops and cutting the loops to give a fuzzy effect.

CANTON FLANNEL
A heavy cotton or cotton blend material with a twilled face and a napped back. The fabrics strength, warmth, and absorbance make it ideal for interlinings and sleeping garments.

CANVAS
See DUCK

CAP SPINNING
A system of spinning employing a stationary, highly polished metal cap just large enough to fit over the take-up bobbin, which revolves at a high rate of speed. The cap controls the build and imparts sufficient tension to the yarn for winding. The yarn is twisted and wound onto packages simultaneously.

CAPACITANCE
The measure of the ability of a nonconductor to store electrical energy by means of the potential difference across the surfaces of the nonconductor.

CAPROLACTAM
A white, crystalline, cyclic amide (C6H11NO) which yields amino-caproic acid on hydrolysis and is used as a raw material in the manufacture of nylon 6.

CARBON FIBER
A high-tensile fiber or whisker made by heating rayon or polyacrylonitrile fibers or petroleum residues to appropriate temperatures. Fibers may be 7 to 8 microns in diameter and are more that 90% carbonized. See GRAPHITE FIBER

CARBON-ARC LAMP
A type of fading lamp which utilizes an arc between two carbon electrodes as the source of radiation.

CARBONIZING
A chemical process for eliminating cellulosic material from wool or other animal fibers. The material is reacted with sulfuric acid or hydrogen chloride gas followed by heating. When the material is dry, the carbonized cellulose material is dust-like and can be removed.

CARBOXYL END GROUP
The chain-terminating (-COOH) group found in polyamide and polyester polymers.

CARBOXYMETHYL CELLULOSE
An acid ether derivative of cellulose formed by the reaction of alkali cellulose with chloroacetic acid. The sodium salt of this compound is commonly used as a stabilizer or an emulsifier.

CARD
A machine used in the manufacture of staple yards. Its functions are to separate, align, and deliver the fibers in a sliver form and to remove impurities. The machine consists of a series of rolls, the surfaces of which are covered with many projecting wired or metal teeth. Short staple systems employ flat strips covered with card clothing rather that small rolls. Also see FLAT CARD

CARD CHOKING

CARD CLOTHING
The material used to cover the working surfaces of the card, i.e., cylinder and rolls or flats. The clothing consists of either wire teeth set in a foundation fabric or rubber, or narrow serrated metal flutes which are spirally arranged around the roll. The metallic wire has the appearance of band-saw blade.

CARD CONVERSION EFFICIENCY
The efficiency of the carding process, expressed as a percentage obtained from ratio of sliver output to staple input.

CARDED YARN
A cotton yarn that has been carded but not combed. Carded yarns contain a wider range of fiber lengths and, as a result, are not as uniform or as strong as combed yarns. They are considerably cheaper and are used in medium and course counts.

CARDIGAN
A modification of the rib-knitting stitch to allow tucking on one (half cardigan) or both(full cardigan) sets of needles. 2. A sweater that buttons down the front.

CARDING
A process in the manufacture of spun yarns whereby the staple is opened, cleaned, aligned, and formed into a continuous, untwisted strand called a sliver.

CARE LABEL
The label that gives directions for cleaning, ironing, and otherwise maintaining a fabric of fiber product.

CARPET BACKING
A primary backing through which the carpet tufts are inserted is always required for tufted carpets. The backing is usually made of woven jute or non-woven manufactured fiber fabrics. A secondary backing, again made of jute or manufactured fibers, is normally added at the latex back-coating stage. Carpet backings are an important end use for non-woven fabrics. See BACKING

CARPET UNDERLAY
A separate fabric which is used to provide cushioning for carpet. Carpet underlays are made of hair and jute, sponge rubber, bonded urethane or foamed urethane.

CARPETS
Heavy functional and ornamental floor coverings consisting of pile yarns or fibers and a backing system. They may be tufted or woven. Also see TUFTED CARPET

CARRIER
1. A product added to a dyebath to promote the dyeing of hydrophobic manufactured fibers and characterized by affinity for, and ability to swell, the fiber. 2. A moving holder for a package of yarn used on a braiding machine. 3. A term sometimes used to describe the tube or bobbin on which yarn is wound.

CARRIERLESS DYEING VARIANTS
Polymers that have been modified to increase their dye-ability. Fibers and fabrics made from these polymers can be dyed at the boil without the use of carriers.

CASEMENT CLOTH
A general term applied to lightweight, sheer fabrics used for curtains and for screening purposes and as a backing for heavy drapery fabrics of the decorative type. This type of fabric is sometimes made in small fancy weaves for dresswear.

CASHMERE
The extremely soft hair of the Cashmere goat. Cashmere is often blended with sheeps wool in fabrics.

CAST COATING

CAT EYE

CATALYST
A chemical that accelerates a reaction. The catalyst is not part of the reaction but increases the rate at which it takes place.

CATERPILLAR
A large slub formed in a combination or plied yarn as a result of one of the ends breaking and sliding or skinning back along the other yarn.

CATION
A positively charged ion.

CATIONIC DYEABLE VARIANTS
Polymers modified chemically to make them receptive to cationic dyes.

CATIONIC DYES

CAUSTIC SODA
The common name for sodium hydroxide.

CELLOPHANE
A generic term for regenerated cellulose film, which is used primarily for packaging. The film is transparent and may be dyed in many colors or coated to render it moisture proof or heat-sealable.

CELLULOSE
A carbohydrate which is the chief component of the cell walls of plants. Cellulose is found in wood and in cotton, linen, jute, hemp, and all of the bast, leaf, and stem fibers. It is a basic raw material in the manufacture of rayon, acetate, and triacetate fibers.

CELLULOSE ACETATE

CELLULOSIC FIBER
A fiber composed of, or derived from, cellulose. Examples are cotton (cellulose), rayon (regenerated cellulose), acetate (cellulose acetate), and triacetate (cellulose triacetate).

CENTER LOOP
See KINK

CENTERING MARK

CENTRIFUGAL POT

CENTRIFUGE
A machine that employs centrifugal force to remove excess liquid from fabrics. In general, centrifuges are also used to separate materials of different densities. See HYDROEXTRACTOR

CERAMIC FIBER
An aluminum silicate fiber made by heating aluminum fluoride at 1000-1200 degrees celcius with silica and water vapor. The crystals, or whiskers obtained are up to 1 cm long and have high strength. Ceramic fibers are used in reinforced plastics.

CHAFE MARK

CHAFED END
A warp end that has been abraded during processing. It generally appears as a dull yarn often containing broken filaments.

CHAFER FABRIC
A fabric, coated with un-vulcanized rubber, that is wrapped around the bead section of the tire before vulcanization of the complete tire. The purpose of the chafer fabric is to maintain an abrasion-resistant later of rubber in contact with the wheel on which the tire is mounted.

CHAIN BINDERS
Yarns running in the warp direction on the back of a woven carpet which hold construction yarns together.

CHAIN DYEING
A method of dyeing yarns and fabrics of low tensile strength of tying them end-to-end and running them through the dye bath in a continuous process. See DYEING

CHALKINESS
1. A dull, whitened appearance sometimes associated with certain extra-dull colors. 2. A fillingwise fabric defect observed as bands varying luster or sheen.

CHALLIS
A very soft, lightweight, plain-weave fabric, usually printed with a delicate floral pattern. The name is derived from the Anglo-Indian term shalee meaning soft.

CHAMBRAY
1. A plain woven-spun fabric, almost square (i.e., 80 x 76), with a colored warp and a white filling. Lightweight chambrays are used for shirts, dresses, and childrens clothes. 2. A similar but heavier fabric of carded yam, used for work clothing.

CHAMELEON
A variable multicolored effect achieved by using warp yarns of one color and two filling yarns of different colors in each shed. It is sometimes used in taffeta, faille, or poplin made from silk or manufactured filament yarns.

CHANGE IN FILLING
See MIXED END or FILLING.

CHANGE INLINGTH ON UNTWISTING
The increase or decrease in length measured when a specimen is untwisted. The change is expressed as the percentage extension or contraction of the nominal gauge length of the specimen, i.e., specimen length prior to untwisting.

CHAR LENGTH
In flammability testing, the distance from the edge of the sample exposed to the flame to the upper edge of the charred or void area.

CHEESE
A cylindrical package of yarn wound on a flangeless tube.

CHEESECLOTH
A low-count, plain weave, soft cotton or cotton blend cloth also known as gauze.

CHELATING AGENT
A compound that will inactivate a metallic ion by making it an integral part of an inner ring structure. The metal is attached by coordinate links to two or more non-metal atoms in the same molecule.

CHEMICAL CRIMPING
A crinkled or puckered effect in fabric obtained by printing sodium hydroxide onto the goods in a planned design. When the material is washed, the part to which the paste has been applied will shrink and cause untreated areas to pucker. The same effect is obtained with a caustic resist print and a sodium hydroxide bath.

CHEMICAL FIBER

CHEMICAL FINISHING
Processes in which additives are applied to change the aesthetic and functional properties of a material. Examples are the application of antioxidants, flame-retardant, wetting agents, and stain and water repellents.

CHEMICAL STABILITY
Degree of resistance of a material to chemicals, such as acids, bases, solvents, oils, and oxidizing agents, and to chemical reactions, including those catalyzed by light.

CHENILLE
1. A yarn with a fuzzy pile protruding from all sides, cut from a woven chenille weft fabric. Chenille yarns are made from all fibers, and they are used as filling in fabrics and for embroidery, fringes, and tassels. 2. Fabric woven with chenille yarn. Also see TURFED FABRIC

CHEVIOT
A rugged tweed made from uneven yarn, this fabric usually has a rather harsh hand.

CHEVRON
A broad term applied to prints in zigzag stripes or to herringbone weaves.

CHIFFON
A plain weave, lightweight, sheer, transparent fabric made from fine, highly twisted yarns. It is usually a square fabric, i.e., having approximately the same number of ends and picks and the same count in both warp and filling.

CHINCHILLA CLOTH
A heavy, twill weave, filling-pile fabric with a napped surface that is rolled into little tufts or nubs. The material is frequently double faced with a knitted or woven, plain or fancy back. Chinchilla cloth is used primarily in coats. The term is also used to refer to a knitted woolen fabric having a napped surface.

CHINO
A cotton or cotton blend twill used by armies throughout the world for summer-weight uniforms. Chino is frequently dyed khaki.

CHINTZ
A glazed fabric produced by friction calendering. Un-glazed chintz is called cretonne. See CRETONNE

CHIP
The form of polymer feedstock used in fiber production. (Also see FLAKE.) 2. The feedstock for a pulp digestor. 3. A defect in a nonwoven fabric.

CHLORINE RETENTION
A characteristic of several resins and textile finishes whereby they retain some of the chlorine from bleach. On heating of the goods, the chlorine forms hydrochloric acid, causing tendering of the cloth. This is especially true of certain wrinkle resistant finishes for cotton and rayon.

CHOKED COILER
A condition in carding or drawing in which sliver is either puffy, badly condensed, or very uneven, leading to overloading of the coiler trumpets and causing work stoppage.

CHOKED FLYERS
A situation in which roving will not pass through the flyer channels because of heavy or cockled conditions caused by such factors as uneven drafting, waste, over-cut fibers, and improper finish.

CHROMATICITY
The quality of color expressed as a function of wavelength and purity.

CHROMATOGRAPHY
The generic name of a group of processes for separating and analyzing mixtures of chemical compounds. The separation depends on the redistribution of molecules of the mixture between phases, one of which is thin, often reaching molecular dimensions. For this reason, molecular size and shape are important in the separation, and extremely subtle separations are possible.

CHUTE-FEED SYSTEM
Pneumatic fiber transport system used in linking textile processing equipment or operations, especially opening, blending, and carding.

CIRCULAR KNITTING
The fabric is produced on the knitting machine in the form of a tube, the threads running continuously around the fabric. See KNITTING

CIRCULAR-KNIT FABRIC
A tubular weft-knit fabric made of a circular-knitting machine. See WEFT-KNIT FABRIC

CIRE
A brilliant patent leather effect produced by application of wax, heat, and pressure.

CLAMPS
The parts of a testing machine that are used to hold a specimen while it is subjected to force. (Also called jaws.)

CLARITY
1. In general, the optical property of being clear. 2. In acetate manufacture, a measure of the appearance of dope solutions, indicating the quality of the acetylation mixture. 3. In printing, the sharpness or definition of a print pattern.

CLEARING
The treatment of printed fabrics with a chemical solution to improve the appearance of the whites. In many cases the treatment also brightens the printed areas. Also see REDUCTION CLEARING

CLIPMARK
Visible deformation of selvage due to pressure from a tenter clip. Also see CENTERING MARK TENTER MARK PIN MARK

CLO
A unit of thermal resistance. The insulation needed to keep an individual producing heat at the rate of 58W/m2 comfortable of 21 degrees celcius air temperature with air movement of 0.1 m/s. One clo is roughly equal to the insulation value of typical indoor clothing.

CLOQUE FABRIC
From the French term for blistered, it refers to any fabric whose surface exhibits an irregularly raises blister effect.

CLOTH
A generic term embracing all textile fabrics and felts. Cloth may be formed of any textile fiber, wire, or other material, and it includes any pliant fabric woven, knit, felted, needled, sewn, or otherwise formed.

CLOUDY WEB
An uneven or irregular web from the doffer of a card.

CLUMPS
In non-woven fabrics, an irregularly shaped grouping of fibers caused by insufficient fiber separation.

COACERVATION
The collection of colloidal particles into droplets held together by electrostatic attraction. This term for the equilibrium state of colloidal systems was introduced in 1929.

COAGULATION
The precipitation of particles from a suspension in a liquid, usually resulting in formation of a gel.

COAGULATION BATH
A liquid bath that serves to harden viscous polymer strands into solid fibers after extrusion through a spinneret. Used in wet spinning processes such as in rayon or acrylic fiber manufacture.

COALESCED FILAMENTS
Filaments stuck together by design or accident during the extrusion process.

COALESCENCE
Merging of two or more substances into a larger substance, i.e., coalesced filaments.

COARSE END

COARSE FILLING

COARSE PICK

COARSE THREAD
A yarn larger in diameter than other yarns being used in the fabric. Also see COARSE FILLING HEAVY FILLING THICK FILLING COARSE PICK HEAVY PICK COARSE END HEAVY END

COATED FABRIC
A fabric to which a substance such as lacquer, plastic, resin, rubber, or varnish has been applied in firmly adhering layers to provide certain properties, such as water impermeability.

COATING
The application of a semi-liquid material such as rubber, polyvinyl chloride, or polyurethane to one or both sides of a textile material. Once the coating has been dried (and cured, if necessary), it forms a bond with the fabric. See CALLENDER COATING CAST COATING

COCKLED YARN
Spun yarn in which some fibers do not lie parallel to the other fibers but instead are curled and kinked, forming a rough and uneven surface on the yarn. The general cause is fiber overcut to the extent that the drafting rolls catch and hold both ends of the fiber at the same time while attempting to draft, resulting in slippage or breakage. (Also see OVERCUT.)

COCKLING
A crimpiness or pucker in yarn or fabric usually caused by lack of uniform quality in the raw material used, improper tension on yarn in weaving, or weaving together yarns of different numbers. See OVERCUT

COHESION
The force that holds fibers together during yarn manufacturing or processing. It is usually a function of lubricant (type and amount) and fiber crimp.

COIL YARN
A textured yarn that takes on a coil or spiral configuration when further processed. A coil yarn can be either a torque yarn or a non-torque yarn. A coil yarn can be formed by the false twist or edge crimp methods. Some bilateral fibers become coiled on further processing. See EDGE CRIMPLING METHOD FALSE-TWIST METHOD TEXTURED YARNS

COILING
The depositing of sliver into cylindrical cans in helical loops. This arrangement permits easy removal for further processing.

COLOR ABRASION
Color changes in localized areas of a garment resulting from differential wear. See FROSTING

COLOR STRIPPER
A chemical used to remove some or all of the dye-stuffs from a fiber, yarn, or fabric so that a dyeing defect can be corrected, a shade lightened, or another color applied.

COLORFASTNESS
Resistance to fading; i.e., the property of a dye to retain its color when the dyed (or printed) textile material is exposed to conditions or agents such as light, perspiration, atmospheric gases, or washing that can remove or destroy the color. A dye may be reasonably fast to one agent and only moderately fast to another. Degree of fastness of color is tested by standard procedures. Textile materials often must meet certain fastness specifications for a particular use. See FASTNESS

COLORIMETER
1. A device that specifies color by measuring the intensities of the three primary colors that compose the color under study. 2. An instrument for measuring the concentration of a known substance in solution by comparing the liquids color with standard colors.

COLORIMETRY
Any technique for evaluating a given color in terms of standard colors.

COLOUR INDEX (CI)
A listing of dyes and chemical structures published by the Society of Dyers and Colorists. Each structure is assigned a name according to chemical composition. Each dye is assigned a number according to its class and shade. A correlating structure number is given when available.

COMBED SLIVER
A continuous band of untwisted fiber, relatively free of short fibers and trash, produced by combing card sliver.

COMBED YARN
A yarn produced from combed sliver. Also see COMBING

COMBINATION FABRIC
A fabric containing: (1) different fibers in the warp and filling (e.g. a cotton warp and a rayon filling), (2) ends of two or more fibers in the warp and/or filling, (3) combination yarns, (4) both filament yarn and spun yarn of the same or different fibers, or (5) filament yarns of two or more generic fiber types. Combination fabrics may be either knit or woven. They should not be confused with blend fabrics. Although blend fabrics also contain more than one fiber, the same intimately blended spun yarn is present in both warp and filling. See UNION CLOTH

COMBINATION YARN
A piled yarn containing two or more yarns that vary in fiber composition, content, and/or twist level; or plied yarn composed of both filament yarn and spun yarn. See COMBINED YARN

COMBINED YARN

COMBING
A step subsequent to carding in cotton and worsted system processing which straightens the fibers and extracts neps, foreign matter, and short fibers. Combing produces a stronger, more even, more compact, finer, smoother yarn. See COMBED YARN

COMFORT
Performance parameter of apparel referring to wearability. Encompasses such properties as wicking, stretch, hand, etc.

COMMERCIAL ALLOWANCE
The commercial moisture regain plus a specific allowance for finish used in calculating the commercial or legal weight of a fiber shipment.

COMMERCIAL MOISTURE REGAIN
An arbitrary value adopted as the moisture regain to be used in calculating the commercial or legal weight of a fiber shipment.

COMMERCIAL WEIGHT
1. In natural fibers, the dry weight of fibers or yarns plus the commercial moisture regain. 2. In manufactured fibers, the dry weight of staple spun yarns or filament yarns after scouring by prescribed methods, plush the commercial moisture regain.

COMMINGLED YARN
In aerospace textiles, two or more continuous multifilament yarns, the filaments of which have been intermixed with each other without adding twist or otherwise disturbing parallel relationship of the combined filaments. Usually consists of a reinforcing yarn, such as graphite or glass, and a thermoplastic matrix yarn. See HYBRID YARN

COMPACT SPINNING PROCESS
A term generally referring to a spinning process carried out using any one of the several small spinning machines of compact design offered by equipment vendors as 'packaged' units in which spinning and subsequent processing (drawing, crimping, cutting, etc.) are linked.

COMPACTED YARNS
Air-jet interlaced yarns. Since the entanglement serves only as a substitute for twist, the degree of interlace or tangle is not as great as in air-jet bulked yarns. See AIR ENTANGLED YARNS ENTANGLED YARNS

COMPACTION

COMPACTOR
A machine developed by Fabric Research Laboratories which is used to compact fabrics or to produce warp-stretch fabrics by means of forced crimp and/or shrinkage of the warp yarn.

COMPATIBLE SHRINKAGE
A term used for bonded fabrics to indicate that the face fabric and lining have similar shrinkage. This is necessary to avoid puckering.

COMPLIANCE
The ability of a fiber to yield under stress; the ratio of the change in strain to the change in stress that produces it; the reciprocal of the textile modulus.

COMPOSITE
1. An article or substance of two or more constituents, generally, with reinforcing elements dispersed in a matrix or continuous phase. 2. Hard or soft constructions in which the fibers themselves are consolidated to form structures rather than being formed into yarns. Rigidity of these constructions is controlled by the density, the modulus of the load-bearing fibers, and the fraction of fusible fibers. Strength is controlled by adhesion and shear-yield strength of the matrix unless fibers are bonded in a load-transferring matrix. 3. A structure made by laminating a non-woven fabric with another non-woven, with other materials, or by impregnating a non-woven fabric with resins. See ADVANCED COMPOSITE

COMPOSITE FIBERS
Fibers composed of two or more polymer types in a sheath-core or side-by-side (bilateral) relation. See BICOMPONENT FIBERS

COMPRESSIBILITY
Refers to the ease of reducing the bulk of fabric, carpet, batting, or other material. May be high or low, soft or hard.

CONDENSATION POLYMERIZATION
A polymerization process yielding a product in which the repeating unit has fewer atoms that the monomer or monomers. Generally, the separation of water or some other simple substance occurs as a result of the reaction, e.g., ethylene glycol in polyester production. See POLYMERIZATION

CONDITIONING
A process of allowing textile materials (staple, tow, yarns, and fabrics) to reach hygroscopic equilibrium with the surrounding atmosphere. Materials may be conditioned in a standard atmosphere (65%RH,70 degrees farenheit) for testing purposes or in arbitrary conditions existing in manufacturing or processing areas.

CONE
A conical package of yarn, usually wound on a disposable paper core.

CONING
The transfer of yarn from skeins or bobbins or other types of packages to cones.

CONJUGATE FIBER
A two-component fiber with specific ability to crimp on hot or hot/wet treatment because of differential shrinkage. Also see BILATERAL FIBERS

CONJUGATE YARN
A yarn made from conjugate filaments.

CONSOLIDATION
Application of heat and pressure to form composite structures.

CONTACT ANGLE
The angle between the surface of a liquid and the surface of a partially submerged object or the container at the line of contact. The smaller the contact angle, the greater the wettability of the solid.

CONTINUOUS FILAMENT

CONTINUOUS POLYMERIZATION
In polymer manufacture, linkage of the various stages of polymerization so that materials flow without interruption from the addition of raw materials to delivery of the finished polymer from the system. Extrusion as film, chip or fiber may be linked to a continuous polymerization line. Because there is no break in the process while the transition from low molecular weight to high occurs, multiple stage reaction vessels may be required and accurate process control is critical.


CONVERTED FABRIC
A finished fabric as distinguished from greige fabric.

CONVERTER
An individual or organization which buys greige fabrics and sells them as a finished product to cutters, wholesalers, retailers, and others. The converter arranges for the finishing of the fabric, namely bleaching, mercerizing, dyeing, printing, etc., to the buyers’ specifications.

CONVOLUTION
1. An irregular spiral or twisted condition characteristic of mature cotton fiber. It is visible under a microscopic. The finer fibers are generally more twisted than the coarser fibers. 2. Coil and curl in certain types of textured yarns which provide bulkiness to the yarn.

COP
1. A headless tube upon which yarn or thread is wound. 2. Thread or yarn wound into the shape of a hollow cylinder with tapered ends. 3. Filling yarn wound upon a tapered tube (generally paper).

COPOLYMER
A polymer composed of a combination of more that one monomer (usually two). Copolymers are the basis of some manufactured fibers.

CORD
1. The product formed by twisting together two or more plied yarns. 2. A rib on the surface of a fabric (e.g., corduroy and whipcord).

CORDED SLEVAGE

CORDUROY
A filling-pile fabric with ridges of pile (cords) running lengthwise parallel to the selvage.

CORE SPINNING
The process of making a corespun yarn. It consists of feeding the core yarn (an elastomeric filament yarn, a regular filament yarn, a textured yarn, or a previously spun yarn) into the front delivery roll of the spinning frame and of covering the core yarn with a sheath of fibers during the spinning operation.

CORE-BULKED YARN
A bulky or textured yarn composed of two sets of filaments, one of which is straight to give dimensional stability and forms a core around and through which the other set is coiled or looped to give bulk. See TEXTURED YARN AIR JET METHOD

CORE-SPUN YARN
A yarn made by twisting fibers around a filament or a previously spun yarn, thus concealing the core. Core yarns are used in sewing thread, blankets, and socks and also to obtain novelty effects in fabrics.

CORKSCREW TWIST
A place in yarn or cord where uneven twist gives a corkscrew-like appearance.

CORRUGATION MARK
A fabric defect consisting of a crimped, rippled, wavy, pebbled, or cockled area in the fabric spoiling the uniformity of the texture. See BLANKET MARK

COT
The covering material used on various fiber-processing rolls, especially drawing rolls. Leather, cork, rubber, and synthetic materials are frequently employed.

COTTAGE STEAMER
A chamber used for batch steaming of printed or dyed textiles. Cloth is looped on 'poles' on a special cart which fits into the steamer for processing.

COTTON
Natural fibre from Cotton plant seed pod. Typically half inch to 2 inches long fibres. Highest quality is Egyptian variety with fibres longer than 1and a half inches.

COTTON COUNT
The yarn numbering system based on length and weight originally used for cotton yarns and now employed for most staple yarns spun on the cotton, or short-staple, system. It is based on a unit length of 840 yards, and the count of the yarn is equal to the number of 840-yard skeins required to weigh 1 pound. Under this system, the higher the number, the finer the yarn. Also see YARN NUMBER

COTTON FIBER
A unicellular, natural fiber composed of almost pure cellulose. As taken from plants, the fiber is found in lengths of 3/8 to 2 inches. For marketing, the fibers are graded and classed for length, strength, and color.

COTTON LINTERS

COTTON SYSTEM
A process originally used for manufacturing cotton fiber into yarn, and now also used extensively for producing spun yarns of manufactured fibers, including blends. Processing on the cotton system includes the general operations of opening, picking, carding, drawing, roving, and ring or mule spinning in the production of carded yarns. For combed yarns, three steps, culminating in combing, are included after the carding operation. There have been many modifications of this process, especially in recent years for the so-called 'long draft' or 'Casablancas' system. The cotton system is also proving to be the basis of many hybrid systems for handling wool yarns and for manufacturing other long-staple yarns.

COUNT
A numerical designation of yarn size indicating the relationship of length to weight. (Also see YARN NUMBERS ) 2. The number of warp yarns (ends) and filling yarns (picks) per inch in a woven fabric, or the number of wales and courses per inch in a knit fabric. For example, a fabric count of 68 x 52 indicates 68 ends per inch in the warp and 52 picks per inch in the filling.

COURSE
The row of loops or stitches running across a knit fabric, corresponding to the filling in woven fabrics.

COVER
1. The degree of evenness of thread spacing. 2. The degree to which underlying structure is concealed by the surface material, as in carpets, the degree to which pile covers backing. 3. The ability of a dye to conceal defects in fabric.

COVER FACTOR
The fraction of the surface area that is covered by yarns assuming round yarn shape.

COVERSTOCK
A lightweight non-woven material used to contain and conceal an underlying core material. Examples are the facing materials that cover the absorbent cores of diapers,sanitary napkins, and adult incontinence products.

COVERT
A medium weight to heavyweight wool or wool blend cloth woven with a steep twill from two or more shades of yarn-dyed fibers to produce a mottled or melange effect.

COWOVEN FABRIC
In aerospace textiles, a fabric in which are enforcing fiber and a matrix fiber are adjacent to each other as one end in the warp and/or filling direction.

CRAB
A hand device used to stretch carpets in a small area.

CRABBING
The process of heating wool or hair fabrics, under tension,in a hot or boiling liquid,then cooling under tension, to provide the fabric with dimensional stability for further wet processing.

CRACK
A defect in a woven fabric consisting of an open filling wise streak extending partly entirely across the fabric.

CRACK MARK
A sharp break or crease in the surface of a coated or laminated fabric.

CRASH
A course fabric with a rough, irregular surface made from thick, uneven yarns.

CREASE
A break or line in a fabric generally caused by a sharp fold. Creases may be either desirable or undesirable, depending upon the situation. A crease may be intentionally pressed into a fabric by application of pressure and heat and sometimes moisture.

CREASE RECOVERY

CREASE RETENTION
The ability of a fabric to maintain an inserted crease. Crease retention can be measured subjectively or by the relation of a crease in a subsequent state to the crease in the initial state. Crease retention may be strongly dependent on the conditions of use, e.g.,normal wear, washing or tumble-drying.

CREASE-RESISTANT
A term used to describe a fabric treated chemically to improve its resistance to and recovery from wrinkling.

CREEL
1. A framework arranged to hold slivers, rovings, or yarns so that many ends can be withdrawn smoothly and evenly without tangling. 2. A similar device used to aggregate sub-tows to tows in manufactured staple processing, especially polyester.

CREELING
The mounting of supply packages in a creel to feed fiber to a process, i.e., beaming or warping.


CRENULAR CROSS SECTION

CREPE
A lightweight fabric characterized by a crinkling surface obtained by the use of: (1) hard-twist filling yarns, (2) chemical treatment, (3) crepe weaves, and (4) embossing.

CRETONNE
See CHINTZ

CRIMP
1. The waviness of a fiber expressed as crimps per unit length. 2. The difference in distance between two points on an un-stretched fiber and the same two points when the fiber is straightened under specified tension. Crimp is expressed as a percentage of the un-stretched length. 3. The difference in distance between two points on a yarn as it lies in a fabric and the same two points when the yarn has been removed from the fabric and straightened under specified tension, expressed as a percentage of the distance between the two points as the yarn lies in the fabric.

CRIMP AMPLITUDE
The height of displacement of the fiber from its un-crimped condition.

CRIMP DEREGISTERING
The process of opening a tow band by causing the peaks and valleys of the crimp to lay randomly rather that uniformly.

CRIMP ENERGY
The amount of work required to un-crimp a fiber. See UNCRIMPLING ENERGY

CRIMP FREQUENCY
The crimp level, or number of crimps per inch in yarn or tow.

CRIMP SETTING
An after treatment to set the crimp in yarn or fiber. Usually heat and steam are used, although the treatment may be chemical in nature.

CRIMPING
The process of imparting crimp to tow or filament yarn.

CRIMPLED YARN

CRINDLE YARN

CRINKLE
1. A wrinkled or puckered effect in fabric. It may be obtained either in the construction or in the finishing of the fabric. 2. The term is sometimes incorrectly used to describe the crimp of staple fiber.

CRINKLE YARN
A torque-free textured yarn that is characterized by periodic wave configurations. Crinkle yarns can be formed by the STUFFER BOX, GEAR CRIMPING, or KNIT-DE-KNIT methods. Also see GEAR CRIMPLING METHOD KNIT-DE-KNIT METHOD STUFFER BOX METHOD TEXTURED YARNS

CRINOLINE
A stiff, heavily sized fabric used as an interlining or to support areas such as the edge of a hem.

CRITICAL LENGTH

CROCHETING
interlocking of loops from a single thread with a hooked needle. Crocheting can be done either by hand or by machine.

CROCKING
The rubbing-off of dye from a fabric as a result of insufficient dye penetration or fixation, the use of improper dyes or dyeing methods, or insufficient washing and treatment after the dyeing operation. Crocking can occur under dry or wet conditions.

CROOKED CLOTH

CROSS DIRECTION
The width dimension, within the plane of the fabric, that is perpendicular to the direction in which the fabric is being produced by the machine.

CROSS DYEING
A method of dyeing blend or combination fabrics to two or more shades by the use of dyes with different affinities for the different fibers. See DYEING

CROSS STICH

CROSS-FLOW QUENCH
In cooling extruded polymer filaments, refers to cooling air directed from one side cross the path of the filaments. There maybe some type of suction on the opposite side to remove the heated air. See QUENCHING

CROSS-LINKING
The stabilization of cellulosic or manufactured fibers through chemical reaction with certain compounds in such a way that the cellulose or manufactured polymer chains are bridged across or 'cross-linked'. Cross-linking improves such mechanical factors as wrinkle resistance. Random cross-linking in manufactured polymers is undesirable and leads to brittleness and loss of tensile strength.

CROSS-SECTION
The shape of an individual filament when cut at right angles to its axis.Normal shapes for manufactured fibers vary, e.g., round (nylon, polyester, polypropylene, and some acrylics), serrated or crenular (viscose rayon, acetate, and triacetate),bean-shaped (some acrylics and mod-acrylics). The shaped of manufactured fibers can be modified by changing the shape of the holes in the spinneret.Cross-sectional variants are produced intentionally in wide variety of shapes for different physical effects such as change in luster or hand, improved resistance to soiling, etc.Examples are trilobal (T and Y) and other multi-lobal shapes (cruciform, K, X, pentalobal, star, etc.), I-beam, ribbon, square,triangular, elliptical, hollow, and many others. Also See MULTILOBAL CROSS-SECTION TRISKELION CROSS-SECTION CRENULAR CROSS-SECTION

CROWSFEET
A fabric defect consisting of breaks or wrinkles of varying degrees of intensity and size, resembling birds footprints in shape, and occurring during wet processing of fabrics.

CRYSTALLINE
Made up of crystals. The term crystalline applies to sections of all chemical fibers, which consists of alternate crystalline and amorphous (noncrystalline) regions. These regions are influenced by manufacturing conditions and to some extent can be controlled. The degree of crystallinity influences the physical properties of fibers.

CRYSTALLINE GROWTH
1. The expansion and development of a crystal. The process involves diffusion of the crystallizing material to special sites on the surface of the crystal,incorporation of the molecules into the surface at these sites, and diffusion of heat away from the surface of the crystal. 2. The transformation of disoriented molecules, usually of the same substance, to a higher state of order. This process generally occurs rapidly for small molecules;however, the process is slow for polymer molecules and is arrested at temperatures below the glass transition temperature.

CRYSTALLINITY
1. The state of quality of being crystalline. 2. The extent to which apolymer exists in a lattice structure.

CRYSTALLIZATION
The formation of highly-ordered substances (crystals) from solutions or melts. In polymers, crystalline areas are interspersed with amorphous areas in a lattice-like network. Also see MACROLATTICE

CUPIONI
A type of specialty or novelty yarn having slubs or enlarged sections of varying length.

CUPRAMMONIUM RAYON
Filaments produced by precipitating cellulose dissolved in a solution of copper oxide in ammonia. Also see RAYON FIBER

CURING
1. In finishing fabrics, the process by which resins or plastics are set in or on textile materials, usually by heating. 2. In rubber processing, vulcanization. It is accomplished either by heat treatment or by treatment in cold sulfuryl chloride solution. See VULCANIZATION

CURL
See KINK

CUSHION-BACK CARPET
A carpet with padding made as an integral part of the backing.

CUT
1. A unit of yarn number. The number of 100-yard lengths per pound avoirdupois of asbestos yarn or glass yarn, or the number of 300-yards lengths per pound avoirdupois of woolen yarn. 2. A length of woven cloth. 3. The number of needles per inch on a circular-knitting machine. A machine with 34 needles per inch is a 34-cut machine, and a fabric produced thereon-is called a 34-cut fabric.

CUT PILE
A pile surface obtained by cutting the loops of yarn in atufted or woven carpet. See PILE

CUT SELVAGE
A cut or break occurring only in the selvage. A cut selvage is caused by incorrect loom adjustment during weaving or improper edge construction. The term also refers to loose edges cut during shearing of the fabric. Also See DAMAGED SELVAGE RIPPED SELVAGE BROKEN SELVAGE

CUT STAPLE
1. An inferior cotton fiber that was accidentally cut because it was too damp during ginning. 2. A term sometimes used to denote staple of manufactured fibers.

CUT TAPE

CUT VELVET

CUT YARN
A defective yarn, i.e., cut partially or completely through, resulting from mal-processing.

CUTTER
1. A mechanical device used to cut tow into staple. 2. A firm engaged in making up garments from finished fabrics. 3. A person employed in the wholesale garment industry who specific work is to cut layers of fabric to be formed into garments.

CYCLIC STRESS-STRAIN
Repeated loading of a yarn on a tensile testing machine and the determination of the physical properties of the yarn during these cycles.

CYCLIC TRIMER
Strictly, a polymer, in cyclic form, that contains three repeating groups.Cyclic trimer is a by-product found in all commercial polyester and results in deposit buildup in package-dyeing equipment. See TIMBER

CYLINDER
In carding, a large cast iron shell, with an outer diameter of 40 to 45 inches, completely covered with card clothing on the surface. The shell is mounted rigidly on a shaft which projects at each end to rest in bearings. The cylinder must be accurately balanced since it rotates at speeds of 160 revolutions per minute and higher. 2. The main roll, or pressure bowl, on roller printing machines. The engraved rolls that apply color are arranged around the cylinder. (Also see PRINTING, ROLLER PRINTING .) 3. A slotted cylindrical housing for the needles in a circular-knitting machine. The number of slots per inch in the cylinder determines the cut of the machine. 4. See DRYINGCYLINDERS

CYLINDER LOADING
Fibers im-bedded so deeply in the wire clothing on a card cylinder that they resist transfer to the doffer cylinder according to the normal fiber path through the card.Causes include improper finish, excess moisture, or static on the fiber. The fiber builds up to such an extent that the carding operation is adversely affected. In extreme cases, the card will beslowed or stopped. See CARD CHOCKING


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