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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Yarn  \Yarn\,  n.  [OE.  yarn,  [yogh]arn,  AS  gearn;  akin  to  D. 
  garen,  G.,  OHG.,  Icel.,  Sw.,  &  Dan.  garn;  of  uncertain 
  origin.  Cf  {Cord}.] 
  1.  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 
 
  2.  (Rope  Making)  One  of  the  threads  of  which  the  strands  of  a 
  rope  are  composed. 
 
  3.  A  story  told  by  a  sailor  for  the  amusement  of  his 
  companions;  a  story  or  tale;  as  to  spin  a  yarn.  [Colloq.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  yarn 
  n  1:  an  account  describing  incidents  or  events;  "after  dinner  he 
  told  the  children  stories  of  his  adventures"  [syn:  {narration}, 
  {narrative},  {story},  {tale},  {recital}] 
  2:  a  fine  cord  of  twisted  fibers  (of  cotton  or  silk  or  wool  or 
  nylon  etc.)  used  in  sewing  and  weaving  [syn:  {thread}] 
  v  :  tell  or  spin  a  yarn 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Yarn 
  Found  only  in  1  Kings  10:28,  2  Chr.  1:16.  The  Heb.  word  mikveh 
  i.e.,  "a  stringing  together,"  so  rendered,  rather  signifies  a 
  host,  or  company,  or  a  string  of  horses.  The  Authorized  Version 
  has:  "And  Solomon  had  horses  brought  out  of  Egypt,  and  linen 
  yarn:  the  king's  merchants  received  the  linen  yarn  at  a  price;" 
  but  the  Revised  Version  correctly  renders:  "And  the  horses  which 
  Solomon  had  were  brought  out  of  Egypt;  the  king's  merchants 
  received  them  in  droves,  each  drove  at  a  price." 
 




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