from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Fine stitches raised from the surface of the design in the embroidery of needlepoint lace.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
- n. In needle-point lace, small and fine raised parts of a design.
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