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."

Definitions of yarn
  1. noun
    a fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving
    synonyms: thread
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    thread made of cotton fibers
    dental floss, floss
    a soft thread for cleaning the spaces between the teeth
    a soft loosely twisted thread used in embroidery
    yarn that has an elastic core wound around with cotton or silk or nylon or rayon threads
    thread used by surgeons to bind a vessel (as to constrict the flow of blood)
    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
    gold or silver wire thread
    thread of catgut or silk or wire used by surgeons to stitch tissues together
    a thread with glittering metal foil attached
    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:
    a line made of twisted fibers or threads
  2. noun
    the act of giving an account describing incidents or a course of events
    synonyms: narration, recital
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    recounting, relation, telling
    an act of narration
    type of:
    account, report
    the act of informing by verbal report
  3. verb
    tell or spin a yarn
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    type of:
    narrate, recite, recount, tell
    narrate or give a detailed account of
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