Definition of darning needle in English:

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darning needle


1A long sewing needle with a large eye, used in darning.
Example sentences
  • Pick at least a kilo, prick each berry several times with a darning needle and squash into a lidded glass jar.
  • You can use the darning technique to repair small holes in socks and other clothing. With a darning needle and yarn, you'll form a network of stitches across the gap.
  • One way to easily thread a darning needle with a large eye is to fold a thin, rectangular sliver of paper in half the long way, sandwich the end of the thread into it as you would a hot dog in a bun, then slide paper and thread through the eye of the needle.
1.1North American another term for darner (sense 2).
Example sentences
  • The ‘darning needles’ or dragonfly story is an example of Feynman's methods.
  • Other common names for dragonflies include sewing needles, devil's darning needles, snake doctors, horse stingers, and mosquito hawks.
  • Myths about dragonflies warned children to keep quiet or else the dragonfly's "darning needles" would sew the child's mouth shut.

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Syllabification: darn·ing nee·dle

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