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
The occasional darning-needles, and small green worms, and black or other colored bugs, she enjoyed less.
"The Camerons of Highboro" by Beth B. Gilchrist
I have no money but about fourpence-ha'penny a week for darning stockings, but I have skill with the needle somewhat.
"Maid Sally" by Harriet A. Cheever
Both of the flying darning-needles blew together, in an eccentric sweep of flame.
"Cue for Quiet" by Thomas L. Sherred
If the milk drops too slowly from the bottle, the nipple may be pierced in one or two places with a darning needle.
"Dietetics for Nurses" by Fairfax T. Proudfit
Thread a darning-needle with Hayes' No.
"Library Bookbinding" by Arthur Low Bailey
This twine is passed through the holes by means of a blunt darning needle.
"Scientific American, Vol. XXXVII.--No. 2. [New Series.], July 14, 1877" by Various
Put plenty of packing on top, and with a darning needle and stout twine sew on a cover of stout cotton cloth.
"Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 12, March 22, 1884" by Various
His neck was as thin as a darning needle but his stomach was as large as a hickory nut, and just as hard.
"Bird-Lore March-April 1916" by Various
Gridirons and darning-needles are getting monotonous.
"Folly as It Flies" by Fanny Fern
She was darning one of the expensive gossamer things with a tiny needle and almost invisible thread.
"The Drunkard" by Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
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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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