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spun yarn

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noun
  1. yarn produced by spinning fibers into a continuous strand.
  2. 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
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Examples from the Web for spun yarn

Historical Examples

  • Spun-yarn or other stuff used to rack two parts of a rope together.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • A small one with a fly-wheel is used for making ropes and spun-yarn.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • I endeavoured to make one of spun-yarn, but I found that it was too heavy.

  • Now it happened that the lashing of this port was only of spun-yarn, rotten at that.

  • He held out against his crew for two days, during which time they never one of them so much as lifted a spun-yarn.


British Dictionary definitions for spun yarn

spun yarn

noun
  1. nautical small stuff made from rope yarns twisted together
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