1. A rich patterned fabric of cotton, linen, silk, or wool.
2. A fine, twilled table linen.
3. Damascus steel.
4. The wavy pattern on Damascus steel.
tr.v. dam·asked, dam·ask·ing, dam·asks
1. To damascene.
2. To decorate or weave with rich patterns.
[Middle English, Damascus, damask, from Latin Damascus, from Greek Damaskos.]
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