diaper

[ dahy-per, dahy-uh-per ]SEE DEFINITION OF diaper
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DIAPER

She had changed Naples into a diaper of jewels sparkling softly in the void.

On a third floor line was a baby's diaper, still implanted with filth.

At the diaper level, life is just one damp thing after another.

A decidedly yellow stain on the diaper occurs when there is jaundice.

A simple form of diaper as a beginning is shown at fig. 104.

Those were known as "diaspron" or diaper, a name given them at Constantinople.

Where this consists of a diaper, it may be made either by carving or by stamping.

Material for table cloths; table linen, Diaper for tabling .

She glanced about her at the known faces of flower-friends in the grass; a diaper of colours.

His neck was so short dat he couldn' wear no collar; he jus' kept de neck bindin' of his shirt pinned wid a diaper pin.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., "fabric with a repeated pattern of figures," from Old French diaspre "ornamental cloth; flowered, patterned silk cloth," perhaps via Medieval Latin diasprum from Medieval Greek diaspros "thoroughly white," or perhaps "white interspersed with other colors," from dia- (see dia-) + aspros "white."

Aspros originally meant "rough," and was applied to the raised parts of coins (among other things), and thus was used in Byzantine Greek to mean "silver coin," from which the bright, shiny qualities made it an adjective for whiteness. Modern sense of "underpants for babies" is continuous since 1837, but such usage has been traced back to 1590s.

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