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spun yarn

yarn produced by spinning fibers into a continuous strand.
Nautical. cord formed of rope yarns loosely twisted together, for serving ropes, bending sails, etc.
Origin of spun yarn
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The major's sister had at the same time a distaff which often spun yarn for her without any one handling it.

  • To secure the falls of a tackle together by means of spun yarn, rope yarn, or any lashing wound round them.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • It is used in serving the rigging, binding the spun yarn more firmly about it than could be done by hand.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • A small mat faced with rope-yarn or spun yarn, which is used in a vessel's rigging to prevent chafing.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • These “rope-yarns” are constantly used for various purposes, but the greater part is manufactured into spun yarn.

    Sea Stories Various
  • The crippled boom was soon lashed with pieces of spun yarn, and the damage thus temporarily repaired.

    Ralph Granger's Fortunes

    William Perry Brown
  • He lashed the three together with a few bits of spun yarn from his pocket, making a mast nearly ten feet long.

    Ralph Granger's Fortunes

    William Perry Brown
  • This is done in order to secure the very best fibers calculated to give the strongest and best results in the spun yarn.


    William H. Dooley
  • Out of this he spun yarn thread to make a net about three or four feet by two feet.

    An American Robinson Crusoe Samuel. B. Allison
  • She carded the wool and spun yarn on the old spinning wheel.

British Dictionary definitions for spun yarn

spun yarn

(nautical) small stuff made from rope yarns twisted together
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