yarn

If you want to knit a hat, you're going to need yarn, the thick string made of twisted threads that's used to make sweaters, scarves, socks and other knitted things.

Yarn is made from fibers, and it comes in many colors. When you knit, you weave yarn with needles and end up with a pot holder or a pair of mittens. Another kind of yarn is a long story that's told out loud. You might, in fact, tell your friend a yarn while you crochet an afghan with yarn. The Old English root word, gearn, means "spun fibers," but it comes from the Proto-Indo-European ghere, or "intestine."

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: yarn

1
n
a fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving
2
nv
the act of giving an account describing incidents or a course of events
tell or spin a yarn
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: yarn
1

n a fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving

Synonyms:
thread
Types:
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cotton
thread made of cotton fibers
dental floss, floss
a soft thread for cleaning the spaces between the teeth
floss
a soft loosely twisted thread used in embroidery
Lastex
yarn that has an elastic core wound around with cotton or silk or nylon or rayon threads
ligature
thread used by surgeons to bind a vessel (as to constrict the flow of blood)
metallic
a yarn made partly or entirely of metal
nap, pile
the yarn (as in a rug or velvet or corduroy) that stands up from the weave
purl
gold or silver wire thread
suture
thread of catgut or silk or wire used by surgeons to stitch tissues together
tinsel
a thread with glittering metal foil attached
warp
yarn arranged lengthways on a loom and crossed by the woof
filling, pick, weft, woof
the yarn woven across the warp yarn in weaving
worsted, worsted yarn
a tightly twisted woolen yarn spun from long-staple wool
lisle, lisle thread
a strong tightly twisted cotton thread (usually made of long-staple cotton)
Type of:
cord
a line made of twisted fibers or threads
2

n the act of giving an account describing incidents or a course of events

Synonyms:
narration, recital
Types:
recounting, relation, telling
an act of narration
Type of:
account, report
the act of informing by verbal report

v tell or spin a yarn

Type of:
narrate, recite, recount, tell
narrate or give a detailed account of
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