a device consisting of several wires closely set which separate warp threads in a loom. The reed determines the spacing of the warp threads, guides the weft carrying device, and beats up the weft against the fell of the cloth. Last referenced in: Apparel business update, 3rd quarter 2008 (Global Apparel Markets Issue 3)
the ability of a geotextile to reduce stresses or contain deformation in geotechnical structures. The geotextile enhances the shear strength of the soil mass by adhering to the adjacent soil layers. The geotextile layers are normally placed across the potential failure planes to carry the tensile forces, which cannot be borne by an unreinforced soil mass.