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Fluorescent material:
a material which absorbs certain wavelengths of light and emits or reflects wavelengths that are longer than those which are absorbed.
Last referenced in: High visibility apparel: providing protection, comfort and style (Performance Apparel Markets Issue 40)

Foam printing:
a process in which a rubber solution is turned into a foam and squeezed through a screen to make a rubber print. Also known as puff rubber printing.

free on board: a term used in international commercial law specifying at what point the seller transfers ownership of the goods to the buyer. The point at which ownership is transferred is important as the owner of the goods is responsible for damage or loss during transport. In fob transactions, goods are delivered on board a ship or to another carrier at no cost to the buyer.
Last referenced in: Trade and trade policy: the EU clothing import market and its ten largest supplying countries, 3rd quarter 2012 (Global Apparel Markets Issue 19)

Folded yarn:
a yarn made by twisting two or more single yarns together in one operation.

Four-way stretch:
the ability to stretch and recover vertically and horizontally. (See also two-way stretch.)
Last referenced in: Performance apparel markets: product developments and innovations, 4th quarter 2013 (Performance Apparel Markets Issue 47)

fully oriented yarn.

see flame resistant.
Last referenced in: The world nonwovens industry: part 1 -- the leading ten producers, 3rd quarter 2008 (Technical Textile Markets Issue 74)

FR (flame retardant):
fibres, yarns or fabrics which resist burning.
Last referenced in: Profile of Lenzing: A Leader in Cellulosic Fibres and a Joint Venture Partner in Carbon Fibres (Technical Textile Markets Issue 68)

Free shrinkage:
spontaneous shrinkage in the absence of outside influences such as heat or a liquid.

Free swell absorbency:
the weight of fluid in grams that can be absorbed by 1 gram of fibre, yarn or fabric.

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