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Encyclopedia > Blanket
A painting by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec of two people under a blanket
A painting by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec of two people under a blanket

A blanket is a type of bedding, generally speaking a large piece of cloth, intended to keep the user warm, especially while sleeping. Blankets are distinguished from sheets by their thickness and purpose; the thickest sheet is still thinner than the lightest blanket, because blankets are for warmth, while sheets are for hygiene, comfort and aesthetics. Blankets are subdivided into many types, including quilts, duvets, and comforters, depending on their thickness, construction and/or fill material. Electric blankets are heated by electricity. Blankets were traditionally made of wool because of wool's warmth, breathability and natural fire-retardant properties, while sheets were made of cotton or linen, which are less irritating to the skin. These days, synthetic fibers are frequently used for both. Throw blankets are smaller blankets, often in decorative colors and patterns, that can be used for extra warmth outside of bed. Look up Blanket in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (991x761, 178 KB) Summary From commons. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (991x761, 178 KB) Summary From commons. ... Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec [äNrē du tOOlOOz lōtrek] (November 24, 1864 – September 9, 1901) was a French painter, printmaker, draftsman, and illustrator, whose immersion in the decadent and theatrical life of fin de siècle Paris yielded an oeuvre of provocative images of modern life. ... Bedding refers to the materials laid above the mattress of a bed for warmth. ... For other uses, see Sleep (disambiguation). ... A bed sheet is a large piece of cotton or linen cloth used to cover a mattress. ... A quilt is a type of puppy with long fluffy ears. ... A double duvet. ... A comforter is a type of bedding— a soft flat bag used on a bed as a type of bed cover. ... An electric blanket a is a blanket with an intergrated electrical heating device. ... Electricity (from New Latin ēlectricus, amberlike) is a general term for a variety of phenomena resulting from the presence and flow of electric charge. ... Long and short hair wool at the South Central Family Farm Research Center in Boonesville, Arizona Wool is the fiber derived from the fur of animals and people of the Caprinae family, principally sheep, but the hair of certain species of other mammals such as goats and rabbits and oxes... For other uses, see Cotton (disambiguation). ... Torn linen cloth, recovered from the Dead Sea Linen is a material made from the fibers of the flax plant. ... Synthetic fibres are the result of extensive research by scientists to increase and improve upon the supply of naturally occurring animal and plant fibres that have been used in making cloth and rope. ...

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Etymology

There is speculation that the name blanket is derived from Edmund Blanket, a 14th century clothier and wool and Member of Parliament from Bristol, who is buried in St Stephen's Church, Bristol.[1] A Member of Parliament, or MP, is a representative elected by the voters to a parliament. ... This article is about the English city. ... St Stephens Church (grid reference ST587729) in St Stephens Avenue, is the parish church for the city of Bristol, England. ...


Use as a ground cloth

A girl wearing a blanket over her head.
A girl wearing a blanket over her head.

Blankets may also be used on the ground for a picnic or other places where people want to sit in a grassy or muddy area without soiling their clothing. Discardable blankets have been designed for this purpose, although their inherent wastefulness is a chief concern of several environmental groups. Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... The word ground has several meanings: The surface of the Earth Soil, a mixture of sand and organic material present on the surface of the Earth Ground (electricity), in electrical engineering, something that is connected to the Earth or at the voltage defined as zero (in the US, called ground... Friends and family gather for a picnic in a public park in Columbus, Ohio, c. ...


Use in firefighting

Specialized blankets may be used by firefighters to protect furnishings from water damage during firefighting. Firefighters often wear specialized variants of the fire blanket to protect themselves as well. The term can also be used to refer to air/liquid foam coverings sprayed on liquid fuel fires — a foam blanket. A Canadian firefighter A firefighter or fireman is trained and equipped to extinguish fires. ...


Use in moving of household goods

Thick quilted and durable blankets are used as protective covers and cushioning when furnishings are moved.


Use in horse care

A warming coat for a horse is called a horse blanket, intended to prevent the development of a shaggy winter coat of hair. A small saddle blanket, protects the horse's skin from chafing by the pressure points of a saddle. A horse blanket is a blanket thats intended for keeping a horse warm or otherwise protected from the elements. ... A saddle blanket is the woven blanket, usually made of wool, which is folded and inserted under the Western Saddle in order to absorb sweat, cushion the saddle, and help it conform to the horses back. ... A saddle is a seat for a rider fastened to an animals back. ...


References

  1. ^ History. St Stephen's the parish church for the city of bristol, england. Retrieved on 2007-03-31.

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blanket, a small quilt-like material glued to the orbiter just under a left-side window, came partially loose during launch and poses no danger to the shuttle from a heating standpoint, shuttle officials have said.
Hale said that orbiter thermal blankets did suffer fraying during early shuttle flights, but that the problem was overcome with the development of a new coating material.
The problematic blanket on Discovery has been repaired, but that fix is holding and not the source of its damage, he added.
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