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spun yarn

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
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English
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  • She carded the wool and spun yarn on the old spinning wheel.

  • The major's sister had at the same time a distaff which often spun yarn for her without any one handling it.

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

    Textiles William H. Dooley
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for spun yarn

spun yarn

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