One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A long sewing needle with a large eye, used in darning.
- ‘One way to easily thread a darning needle with a large eye is to fold a thin, rectangular sliver of paper in half the long way, sandwich the end of the thread into it as you would a hot dog in a bun, then slide paper and thread through the eye of the needle.’
- ‘Pick at least a kilo, prick each berry several times with a darning needle and squash into a lidded glass jar.’
- ‘You can use the darning technique to repair small holes in socks and other clothing. With a darning needle and yarn, you'll form a network of stitches across the gap.’
2North Americananother term for darner
- ‘Other common names for dragonflies include sewing needles, devil's darning needles, snake doctors, horse stingers, and mosquito hawks.’
- ‘One day I was on the beach, and I'd just read this book that said dragonflies don't sting. A darning needle came along, and everybody was screaming and running around, and I just sat there. "Don't worry!" I said. "Darning needles don't sting!"’
- ‘In some European folklore, dragonflies were associated with snakes and the devil. They were called ‘the devil's darning needles’.’
- ‘The ‘darning needles’ or dragonfly story is an example of Feynman's methods.’
- ‘Myths about dragonflies warned children to keep quiet or else the dragonfly's "darning needles" would sew the child's mouth shut.’
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