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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Di"a*per
  1. Any textile fabric (esp. linen or cotton toweling) woven in diaper pattern. See 2.
  2. [Fine Arts] Surface decoration of any sort which consists of the constant repetition of one or more simple figures or units of design evenly spaced.
  3. A towel or napkin for wiping the hands, etc."Let one attend him with a silver basin, . . . Another bear the ewer, the third a diaper." [Shak.]
  4. An infant's breechcloth.

Etymology: OF. diaspre diapre diaspe, sort of figured cloth, It. diaspro jasper, diaspo figured cloth, from L. jaspis a green-colored precious stone. See Jasper

verb Di"a*per
  1. To ornament with figures, etc., arranged in the pattern called diaper, as cloth in weaving." Diaperedlight." [H. Van Laun.]"Engarlanded and diapered With in wrought flowers." [Tennyson.]
  2. To put a diaper on (a child).
verb Di"a*per
To draw flowers or figures, as upon cloth.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Garment consisting of a folded cloth drawn up between the legs and fastened at the waist; worn by infants to catch excrement
  2. A fabric (usually cotton or linen) with a distinctive woven pattern of small repeated figures

From Old French dyapre, diaspre, from medieval Latin diaspra, diasprum from Byzantine Greek δίασπρος (díaspros, adj), from δια- (dia-, “across”) + ἄσπρος (áspros, “white”).

  1. A textile fabric having a diamond-shaped pattern formed by alternating directions of thread.
  2. A towel or napkin made from such fabric.
  3. (Canada, US) An absorbent garment worn by a baby, by a young child not yet toilet trained, or by an older person who is incontinent; a nappy.
  4. The diamond pattern associated with diaper textiles.
  5. Surface decoration of any sort which consists of the constant repetition of one or more simple figures or units of design evenly spaced.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Diaper

Marc Diaper is a sports team member for the A.F.C. Totton.


Fun Facts about the name Diaper

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Past life for Diaper born Mar 23, 1929

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Wales approximately on 1825. Your profession was warrior, hunter, fisherman, and executor of sacrifices.

You always liked to travel, to investigate, could have been detective or spy. Your lesson - to conquer jealousy and anger in yourself and then in those, who will select you as their guide. You should understand that these weaknesses are caused by fear and self-regret.

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