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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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  • He searched in his pockets till he found a small hank of spun-yarn, from which he cut a piece about a yard long.

    Jim Davis John Masefield
  • spun-yarn or other stuff used to rack two parts of a rope together.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Some of the near-by gorse twigs were broken from their stems; some one had dropped a small hank of spun-yarn.

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

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Marlin is also made of tarred yarns, but is tightly twisted and is much harder and smoother than spun-yarn.

    The Gunner's Examiner Harold E. Cloke
  • I endeavoured to make one of spun-yarn, but I found that it was too heavy.

  • The act of passing a rope spirally between the lays of a cable; a smaller rope is wormed with spun-yarn.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Now it happened that the lashing of this port was only of spun-yarn, rotten at that.

  • For this purpose every vessel is furnished with a “spun-yarn winch”; which is very simple, consisting of a wheel and spindle.

    Sea Stories Various
  • Some have tried it with a silk thread as a plumb-line, some with spun-yarn threads, and various other materials and contrivances.

    The Ocean and its Wonders R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for spun-yarn

spun yarn

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