\▐ra-tә-▐nā\ n [F ratiné] (ca. 1914) (1) A plain-weave, loosely constructed fabric having a rough, spongy texture which is imparted by the use of nubby plied yarns. It is made from worsted, cotton, or other yarns. (2) A variant of spiral yarns in which the outer yarn is fed more freely to form loops that kink back on themselves and are held in place by a third binder yarn that is added in a second twisting operation (Complete textile glossary. Celanese Corporation, Three Park Avenue, New York, NY).