from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Twisted tightly in spinning, often to the point of curling and looping. Used of yarn.
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Cambric was a kind of fine white linen, originally made at Cambray in Flanders, though the name was occasionally also applied to an imitation made of hard-spun cotton.
Drest her with gems, new weaved her hard-spun thought,
Dressed her with gems, new-weaved her hard-spun thought,
Milton's chaste treatment of the subject of Eve's nuptials by contrasting what he says with the account in the opera in which Dryden, according to Lee's verses, refined "Milton's golden ore, and new-weaved his hard-spun thought."] [Footnote 127: Addison, on reading here this remark upon Virgil, which he himself had communicated to Steele, discovered that his friend was the author of the _Tatler_.