darning needle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n darning needle slender-bodied non-stinging insect having iridescent wings that are outspread at rest; adults and nymphs feed on mosquitoes etc.
    • n darning needle a long needle with an eye large enough for heavy darning or embroidery thread
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Darning needle (Zoöl) A long, strong needle for mending holes or rents, especially in stockings.
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Usage

In literature:

See that damsel fly, the slender, smaller, pretty-colored darning-needle?
"Little Busybodies" by Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody
Mary, hand me that darning-needle.
"The Wedding Ring" by T. De Witt Talmage
Why, I turned away three score of them with a darning needle.
"The Dew of Their Youth" by S. R. Crockett
I'll wager that your lists are not worth a darning needle.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
Finish off neatly, drawing the toe together and darning in with a worsted-needle.
"Handbook of Wool Knitting and Crochet" by Anonymous
It is the peculiarity of DARNING and RUNNING that you make several stitches at one passing of the needle.
"Art in Needlework" by Lewis F. Day
There was once a Darning-needle who thought herself so fine that she believed she was an embroidery-needle.
"The Yellow Fairy Book" by Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
A fine long darning needle for bead work.
"The Ladies' Work-Table Book" by Anonymous
He is at his darning; ay, with real wool and a real needle he is darning his socks.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, December 30, 1914" by Various
She went earnestly to work with her darning needle instead.
"Opportunities" by Susan Warner
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In news:

I would as soon read Hegel or Kant or Nietzsche as I would pound a darning needle up my nose.
Fabric (discarded clothing of the same fabric weight) Lacing cord Hand-quilting thread Heavy-duty needle (with a blunt tip and a large eye) Darning needle.
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