- 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
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Examples from the Web for spun yarn
Spun-yarn or other stuff used to rack two parts of a rope together.
A small one with a fly-wheel is used for making ropes and spun-yarn.
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.A Journal of a Young Man of Massachusetts, 2nd ed.
- nautical small stuff made from rope yarns twisted together
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