—n. 1. the coat of wool that covers a sheep or a similar animal.
2. the wool shorn from a sheep at one shearing.
3. something resembling a fleece: a fleece of clouds in a blue sky. 4. a fabric with a soft, silky pile, used for warmth, as for lining garments.
5. the soft nap or pile of such a fabric.
—v.t. 1. to deprive of money or belongings by fraud, hoax, or the like; swindle: He fleeced the stranger of several dollars. 2. to remove the fleece of (a sheep).
3. to overspread, as with a fleece; fleck with fleecelike masses: a host of clouds fleecing the summer sky.