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 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 needle — n. 1. a large needle for darning 2. DRAGONFLY …   English World dictionary

  • darning needle — noun 1. a long needle with an eye large enough for heavy darning or embroidery thread • Syn: ↑embroidery needle • Hypernyms: ↑sewing needle 2. slender bodied non stinging insect having iridescent wings that are outspread at rest; adults and… …   Useful english dictionary

  • darning needle — noun Date: 1742 1. a long needle with a large eye for use in darning 2. dragonfly, damselfly …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • darning needle — 1. a long needle with a long eye used in darning. 2. Chiefly Northern and Western U.S. a dragonfly. [1755 65] Regional Variation. 2. See dragonfly. * * * …   Universalium

  • darning needle — noun a) A large needle used for darning. b) A damselfly …   Wiktionary

  • darning needle — noun 1》 a long sewing needle with a large eye, used in darning. 2》 N. Amer. another term for darner (in sense 2) …   English new terms dictionary

  • darning needle — darn′ing nee dle n. 1) a long needle with a long eye used in darning 2) dial. Chiefly Northern and Western U.S. a dragonfly • Etymology: 1755–65 …   From formal English to slang

  • darning needle — /ˈdanɪŋ nidəl/ (say dahning needuhl) noun a long needle with a large eye used in darning …   Australian English dictionary

  • darning needle — n. small knitting needle …   English contemporary dictionary

  • darning-needle — darnˈing needle noun • • • Main Entry: ↑darn …   Useful english dictionary

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