from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that darns.
  • n. Northeastern, Upper Northern, & Western U.S. See dragonfly. See Regional Note at dragonfly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. one who darns
  • n. any of a number of insects of the family Aeshnidae

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who mends by darning.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who mends by darning.
  • n. A darning-needle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who mends by darning


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From its resemblance to a darner, darning needle.


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  • But if, like me, you are not a darner, you can still make great use of them.

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  • I told him she was clean, tidy, an excellent mender and darner of clothes, a good cook, and—as far as I knew—a virgin.

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  • The darner must decide for herself which method for holding the work she will use.

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  • Each darner will think out for herself many uses to which to put designs, many combinations in which they will prove effective, and many colorings suggested by the tints which govern her room or her wardrobe; all of which would be an impossible task for any one person, unacquainted with the surroundings of all our students to accomplish.

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  • This scarf as well as the others just described, may be made up in black if preferred; and in this event it will be easier for the darner to follow the meshes if she bastes her net over a white background.

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  • In the earlier days the pattern was stamped on the net by means of wooden blocks, and the net was then placed in a frame, and the darner with her left hand under the lace followed the design with her needle and cotton, linen or silk floss held over the work in the right hand.

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