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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

  • 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.


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  • 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. '

    Medieval People


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