Darning last
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]


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  • Darning last — Last Last, n. [AS. l[=a]st trace, track, footstep; akin to D. leest a last, G. leisten, Sw. l[ a]st, Dan. l[ae]st, Icel. leistr the foot below the ankle, Goth. laists track, way; from a root signifying, to go. Cf. {Last}, v. i., {Learn},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Last — Last, n. [AS. l[=a]st trace, track, footstep; akin to D. leest a last, G. leisten, Sw. l[ a]st, Dan. l[ae]st, Icel. leistr the foot below the ankle, Goth. laists track, way; from a root signifying, to go. Cf. {Last}, v. i., {Learn}, {Delirium}.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Darning needle — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • devil's darning-needle — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Darned — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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