American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Fine stitches raised from the surface of the design in the embroidery of needlepoint lace.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In needle-point lace, small and fine raised parts of a design.
- In flaxspinning, to work (flax-yarn) on a pin of wood in a manner to increase its suppleness, when making the yarn up into bundles for packing. Several hanks are operated upon at a time by passing them over a stout arm flxed to a suitable support. A stout pin is then passed through them, and with this the operator jerks and twists the hanks till they are as supple as desired, and will lie as placed while they are being bundled.
“And note that if the bed be covered with cloth, there is needed a fur coverlet of small vair, but if it be covered with serge, or broidery, or pinwork of cendal, not. ”
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