• Spinning thread or yarn and weaving cloth were endless chores for the women living in the small wilderness settlement. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
    Spinning thread or yarn and weaving cloth were endless chores for the women living in the small wilderness settlement. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v yarn tell or spin a yarn
    • n yarn a fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving
    • n yarn the act of giving an account describing incidents or a course of events "his narration was hesitant"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Yarn A story told by a sailor for the amusement of his companions; a story or tale; as, to spin a yarn .
    • Yarn (Rope Making) One of the threads of which the strands of a rope are composed.
    • Yarn Spun wool; woolen thread; also, thread of other material, as of cotton, flax, hemp, or silk; material spun and prepared for use in weaving, knitting, manufacturing sewing thread, or the like.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n yarn Yarn made from Imperfectly carded stock.
    • n yarn Originally, thread of any kind spun from natural fibers, vegetable or animal, or even mineral; now, more usually, thread prepared for weaving, as distinguished from sewing-thread of any sort. The term is also applied to stout woolen thread used for knitting, etc.
    • n yarn Rope-yarn.
    • n yarn A story; a tale: often implying the marvelous or untrue: applied to a long story, with allusion to spinning yarn: as, do you expect us to believe such a yarn as that? a sailors' yarn.
    • yarn To tell stories; spin yarns.
    • yarn Same as yearn, a dialectal variant of earn.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Yarn yärn spun thread: one of the threads of a rope: a sailor's story (spun out to some length), a story generally
    • v.i Yarn to tell stories
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  • William Shakespeare
    “The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together.”


Spin a yarn - If someone spins a yarn, they tell a story, usually a long or fanciful one.
Spinning a yarn - When someone spins you a yarn, they are trying to deceive you by lying.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. yarn, ȝarn, AS. gearn,; akin to D. garen, G., OHG., Icel., Sw., & Dan. garn,; of uncertain origin. Cf. Cord


In literature:

There's a yarn for you, Jacob.
"Jacob Faithful" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Listening eagerly to my "yarns," the youthful ardour of these striplings kindled, and they longed to emulate my deeds.
"Frank Mildmay" by Captain Frederick Marryat
But to go on with my yarn.
"Peter Simple" by Frederick Marryat
He b'lieves in ghosts, anyhow, an' could give us a yarn about 'em, I knows, if he likes.
"The Red Eric" by R.M. Ballantyne
A rosette of yarn may be made for the top or side.
"Spool Knitting" by Mary A. McCormack
They read those yarns about you so much that they neglect their business.
"Frank Merriwell's Cruise" by Burt L. Standish
They're makin' up the yarn now that they're goin' to tell him.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Over her fingers glided a small blue thread, which proceeded from the ball of yarn I held in my hand.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 5, No. 5, May, 1864" by Various
The sale of her yarn enabled her to pay her rent, and to find food for herself, and a portion for the children.
"Janet McLaren" by W.H.G. Kingston
I'm not sitting here to listen to any yarns of yours, Tom Craig.
"Edward Barry" by Louis Becke

In poetry:

They come with talk of ships and men
And lean upon the bar
And yarn and drink and yarn again
Of ports both near and far.
"The Rendezvous" by Cicely Fox Smith
I listened to her father's yarns,
I did just what I `oughter',
And what you'll have to do to win
A free-selector's daughter.
"The Free Selector's Daughter" by Henry Lawson
First old Minna, bent and lowly,
Eyes with weeping nearly blind;
Pessyeh-Tsvaitel, slowly, slowly,
With the yarn creeps on behind.
"Measuring The Graves" by Morris Rosenfeld
"From the yarn with which I measure,
Pessyeh-Tsvaitel, filled with awe,
Wicks will make, to search the treasure,
Nightly, of Thy holy Law.
"Measuring The Graves" by Morris Rosenfeld
Never, as in days of yore,
(You will see)
On your pages shall I pore,
With their yarns of love and gore,
Never, Louis, anymore
Becke for me.
"Wrecked Illusions" by Victor James Daley
“Well, that’s the yarn, it ain’t so poor;
Them golden days is o’er,
And Dublin Pat was drowned, and sure
It quenched his thirst for gore;
Old Corney Bill and Dave the Cure
I never heard on more.
"The Sleeping Beauty" by Henry Lawson

In news:

Lara's Library: The Knitter 's Handy Guide to Yarn Requirements.
Salem farmer Brenda Pidgeon spins her own yarn.
Penguin predicament makes interesting yarn.
Yarn bombers, from bottom left clockwise, Anthony Pham of Westminster, Marcia King of Irvine, Diana Rishel of Westminster and Patty Nance of Anaheim Hills cover a cow statue near Centennial Farm with yarn Sunday at the OC Fair.
After spinning yarns about his five-plus-decades on the sidelines, Bowden met with local media.
WARREN — Some cowboys spin yarns.
Partially oriented yarn information products from ICIS.
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett.
She founded her business Jennaration Yarns in December 2010, when she decided to turn a hobby into an entrepreneurial endeavor.
American Masters trails this yarn-smith and his crew of actors and musicians as they spin stories and song into American gold.
35+ of the best quilting and yarn shops in NC.
DJ Lady Spinstah and her yarn-bombed headphones.
The Great Capital Region Yarn Swap.
How my yarn set me straight.

In science:

In fact, YARN type generators pass the corresponding empirical tests (spectral tests, coupon collector, etc.) with flying colors, but there is an even more convincing argument that exponentiation removes all traces of linearity.
Random Number Generators: A Survival Guide for Large Scale Simulations
Its current version (4.7) contains a collection of different PRNGs, like various LFSR and YARN generators, lagged Fibonacci sequences, 32-bit and 64-bit implementations of the Mersenne-Twister, etc.
Random Number Generators: A Survival Guide for Large Scale Simulations
Lets suppose that we want to use random number generators of the YARN type (for the parallel part) and a Mersenne twister generator for the sequential part.
Random Number Generators: A Survival Guide for Large Scale Simulations
This lecture is mainly based on the paper that introduces the YARN generator and the concept of fair play in Monte-Carlo simulations .
Random Number Generators: A Survival Guide for Large Scale Simulations