Darning
Darn Darn (d[aum]rn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Darned} (d[aum]rnd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Darning}.] [OE. derne, prob. of Celtic origin; cf. W. darnio to piece, break in pieces, W. & Arm. to E. tear. Cf. {Tear}, v. t.] To mend as a rent or hole, with interlacing stitches of yarn or thread by means of a needle; to sew together with yarn or thread. [1913 Webster]

He spent every day ten hours in his closet, in darning his stockings. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

{Darning last}. See under {Last}.

{Darning needle}. (a) A long, strong needle for mending holes or rents, especially in stockings. (b) (Zo["o]l.) Any species of dragon fly, having a long, cylindrical body, resembling a needle. These flies are harmless and without stings.

Note: [In this sense, usually written with a hyphen.] Called also {devil's darning-needle}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • darning — [därn′iŋ] n. 1. a mending with interlaced stitches 2. things to be darned …   English World dictionary

  • Darning — Cashmere darn , a fine darning technique for twill fabric, from The Dictionary of Needlework, 1885 …   Wikipedia

  • darning — noun Darning is used before these nouns: ↑needle …   Collocations dictionary

  • darning — darn [1] ► VERB ▪ mend (knitted material) by interweaving yarn across it. DERIVATIVES darning noun. ORIGIN perhaps from an Old English word meaning to hide …   English terms dictionary

  • darning — /dahr ning/, n. 1. the act of a person or thing that darns. 2. the result produced. 3. articles darned or to be darned. [1605 15; DARN1 + ING1] * * * …   Universalium

  • darning — darn|ing [ darnıŋ ] noun uncount the activity of repairing a piece of clothing by sewing stitches across the hole, or clothing that is being repaired in this way …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • darning — darn·ing || dɑːnɪŋ n. articles that have been darned or need to be darned; act of mending with crisscrossing stitches dɑːn n. spot which has been darned, patch v. mend, stitch up torn or worn clothing; curse, damn adj. damn, cursed adv.… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • darning — noun (U) the practice of repairing holes in clothing by using wool …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • darning — UK [ˈdɑː(r)nɪŋ] / US [ˈdɑrnɪŋ] noun [uncountable] the activity of repairing a piece of clothing by sewing stitches across the hole, or clothing that is being repaired in this way …   English dictionary

  • darning — darn•ing [[t]ˈdɑr nɪŋ[/t]] n. clo articles to be darned • Etymology: 1605–15 …   From formal English to slang

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