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clothing

[AS. clath, cloth]
Wearing apparel; used both functionally and decoratively. From the medical standpoint, clothes conserve heat or protect the body (e.g., gloves, sunhelmets, and shoes). Air spaces in a fabric and its texture, rather than the material alone, conserve heat. In matted woolen fabrics, the air spaces are destroyed and insulation is lost. Wool and silk absorb more moisture than other fabrics, but silk loses it more readily. Cotton and linen come next, but linen loses moisture more quickly than cotton. Knitted fabrics absorb and dry more readily than woven fabrics of the same material. The temperature inside an individual's hat may vary from 13° to 20°F (7° to 11°C) warmer than the outside temperature.

adapted clothing

Garments designed with special features, such as Velcro closures, to enable persons with disabilities to dress themselves without assistance.
See: clo; hypothermia

clothing

artificial covering for protection or decoration or as a livery.

animal clothing
includes rugs for cattle and horses and for Sharlea sheep in sheds. For dogs there is a great variety of decorative clothing limited only by the imagination of the owner. Pleasure horses are also likely to have a wardrobe of rugs including a lightweight cooling-off rug and a waterproof mackintosh, a hood to cover the head and neck, a cap to cover the head only, hoof boots of various sorts, protective leg bandages, a tail sock and eye goggles.
protective clothing
for the veterinarian; this includes coveralls, rubber knee boots, rubber or plastic sleeves and gloves, obstetric gowns, surgical gowns, caps, masks and overshoes.
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Meanwhile, autumn clothing retailers fell victim to the hot, drawn-out summer.
28 billon yen on a same-store basis for the first decline in two months, in part because lingering summer heat dampened sales of autumn clothing, the Japan Department Stores Association said Thursday.
At its Nihombashi main store in Tokyo's Chuo Ward, Mitsukoshi held a kickoff ceremony for the campaign, aiming to boost year-end sales for ''oseibo'' gifts to make up for a sluggish performance in autumn clothing sales due to high temperatures at the beginning of this fall.
It said that although sales picked up in the second half of the month, the intense summer heat in the first half dampened sales of autumn clothing.
The association blamed the fall on such factors as shrinkage in corporate customers' demand and the month's high temperatures that slowed, in the latter half of the month, sales of autumn clothing which member department stores had put on their shelves from the middle of the month.
But sales for the whole month slid due to a slowdown in the sales of autumn clothing in the latter half of the reporting month and lingering sluggishness of demand among corporate clients, it added.
2 percent as hot weather in the first half of August and typhoons in the second half discouraged consumers from buying autumn clothing, the official said.
An association official said sales in August are ''unlikely to fall as sharply as in July'' in light of increased sales of such products as autumn clothing.
Sales of autumn clothing were particularly slow, down by more than 10% from a year earlier, as the weather in the early half of the month was warm, it said.