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darn 1

v. darned, darn·ing, darns
v. tr.
To mend (a garment, for example) by weaving thread or yarn across a gap or hole.
v. intr.
To repair a hole, as in a garment, by weaving thread or yarn across it.
A hole repaired by weaving thread or yarn across it: a sock full of darns.

[Perhaps from Middle English dernen, to conceal, from dialectal Old English (Anglia) dernan, variant of Old English diernan, dyrnan; see dher- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

darn 2

Used to express dissatisfaction or annoyance.
adv. & adj.
tr.v. darned, darn·ing, darns
To damn.

[Alteration of damn.]
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(ˈdɑr nɪŋ)

articles to be darned.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.darning - the act of mending a hole in a garment with crossing threadsdarning - the act of mending a hole in a garment with crossing threads
fixing, repair, mend, mending, reparation, fix, fixture - the act of putting something in working order again
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A. N (= action) → zurcido m; (= items to be darned) → cosas f por zurcir
B. CPD darning needle Naguja f de zurcir
darning wool Nhilo m de zurcir
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[ˈdɑːrnɪŋ] n (= mending) → reprisage mdarning needle naiguille f à repriser
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


nStopfen nt; (= things to be darned)Flick- or Stopfsachen pl, → Flickarbeit f; I’ve a lot of darning to doich habe viel zu stopfen
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1. n (action) → rammendo; (items to be darned) → roba da rammendare
2. adj (needle, wool) → da rammendo
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
References in classic literature ?
Rose laughed at this reckless offer, but promised to attend to that important branch, though she confessed that darning was her weak point.
Then they went up to make their request in due form, to the great delight of gentle Aunt Peace, who got quite excited with the fun that went on while they would yarn, looked up darning needles, and fitted out a nice little mending basket for her pupil.
In the afternoon, after her walk or drive, she sat with Aunt Peace plying her needle, while Aunt Plenty, whose eyes were failing, knitted and chatted briskly, telling many a pleasant story of old times, till the three were moved to laugh and cry together, for the busy needles were embroidering all sorts of bright patterns on the lives of the workers, though they seemed to be only stitching cotton and darning hose.
Your esteemed contribution entitled Wareham Wildflowers has been accepted for The Pilot, Miss Perkins," said Rebecca, entering the room where Emma Jane was darning the firm's stockings.
"If you would only live with me in some little house when we get older," mused Emma Jane, as with her darning needle poised in air she regarded the opposite wall dreamily, "I would do the housework and cooking, and copy all your poems and stories, and take them to the post-office, and you needn't do anything but write.
It flew open, and there he stood in his dressing gown, with a big blue sock on one hand and a darning needle in the other.
The German gentlemen embroider, I know, but darning hose is another thing and not so pretty.
She pulled a basket containing balls of differently colored wools and a pair of stockings which needed darning towards her, and began to set her fingers to work; while her mind, reflecting the lassitude of her body, went on perversely, conjuring up visions of solitude and quiet, and she pictured herself laying aside her knitting and walking out on to the down, and hearing nothing but the sheep cropping the grass close to the roots, while the shadows of the little trees moved very slightly this way and that in the moonlight, as the breeze went through them.
In the afternoons, when grandmother sat upstairs darning, or making husking-gloves, I read `The Swiss Family Robinson' aloud to her, and I felt that the Swiss family had no advantages over us in the way of an adventurous life.
She told her to notice particularly if a fine linen handkerchief of Monsieur Ratignolle's, which was missing last week, had been returned; and to be sure to set to one side such pieces as required mending and darning.