Tissue Tis"sue, n. [F. tissu, fr. tissu, p. p. of tisser, tistre, to weave, fr. L. texere. See {Text}.] 1. A woven fabric. [1913 Webster]

2. A fine transparent silk stuff, used for veils, etc.; specifically, cloth interwoven with gold or silver threads, or embossed with figures. [1913 Webster]

A robe of tissue, stiff with golden wire. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

In their glittering tissues bear emblazed Holy memorials. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. (Biol.) One of the elementary materials or fibres, having a uniform structure and a specialized function, of which ordinary animals and plants are composed; a texture; as, epithelial tissue; connective tissue. [1913 Webster]

Note: The term tissue is also often applied in a wider sense to all the materials or elementary tissues, differing in structure and function, which go to make up an organ; as, vascular tissue, tegumentary tissue, etc. [1913 Webster]

4. Fig.: Web; texture; complicated fabrication; connected series; as, a tissue of forgeries, or of falsehood. [1913 Webster]

Unwilling to leave the dry bones of Agnosticism wholly unclothed with any living tissue of religious emotion. --A. J. Balfour. [1913 Webster]

{Tissue paper}, very thin, gauzelike paper, used for protecting engravings in books, for wrapping up delicate articles, etc. [1913 Webster]

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