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  • n. Plural form of pirn.


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  • Long before they reached their teens they were earning their keep as herds in the surrounding glens or filling "pirns" for their parents; but they were generally on the brink of twenty before they thought seriously of matrimony.

    Auld Licht Idylls

  • They are all gone now, the old allies and tutors in the angler's art -- the kind gardener who baited our hooks; the good Scotch judge who gave us our first collection of flies; the friend who took us with him on his salmon - fishing expedition, and made men of us with real rods, and "pirns" of ancient make.

    Angling Sketches

  • Shuttle looms may be improved by the use of multiple shuttle boxes in order to attain some degree of weft-mixing (e.g. given two alternative shuttle boxes at one side of the loom, alternate double picks may be taken from two pirns instead of weaving continuously from a single pirn).

    Chapter 6

  • In operation, shuttle changers require that a magazine be kept supplied with charged and threaded shuttles, whereas the magazine only requires to be loaded with pirns in the case of pirn changers.

    Chapter 6

  • Thus, rewinding from the spinner’s package is essential for yarn clearing, and no further cost is therefore incurred in the preparation of weft pirns suitable for the particular type of automatic pirn changer.

    Chapter 6

  • Most pirning machines incorporate means for adjusting the diameter and the length of the pirns which are wound as well as the spindle speed which controls the rate of winding.

    Chapter 5

  • The maximum diameter and length of pirns suitable for any particular type of loom depends on the size of the shuttle and of shuttle lining.

    Chapter 5

  • Sometimes, the threads grew so tangled, that I sighed with impatience and worry, the weft bears the marks in the weaving -- they are plain, in unwinding the pirns -- and still, 'twas a labor of love, this patchwork of sunlight and shadow, this discord of sorrow and song.

    The Doctor's Daughter

  • In one corner stood the wheel at which Cree had to fill his own pirns.

    Auld Licht Idyls

  • Women left their spinning-wheels and pirns to follow them with their eyes along the Tenements, and the minister was known to be holding an extra service at the manse.

    Auld Licht Idyls


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