A thin, transparent kind of stuff, woven sometimes of silk, and sometimes of thread. To warp the silk for the making of gauze, a peculiar kind of mill is used, upon which the silk is wound: it is a wooden machine, about six feet high, having an axis perpendicularly placed in the middle thereof, with six large wings, on which the silk is wound from off the bobbins by the axis turning round. When all the silk is on the mill, another instrument is used to wind it off upon two beams; this done, the silk is passed through as many little beads as there are threads of silk; and thus rolled on to another beam to supply the loom. The gauze loom is much like that of the common weaver's, though it has several appendages peculiar to itself. Some gauzes are wrought into figures and flowers of gold and silver, upon a silk ground.