from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One that twists fibers into thread.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One who twists or spins silk to prepare it for weaving.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who throws or twists silk; a thrower.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A person occupied in throwing raw silk, or in producing thrown silk.
- n. One who throws dice; a gambler.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who twists silk or rayon filaments into a thread or yarn
It is handled here first by the "throwster," who winds it from the skein and makes various kinds of thread for different purposes.
At the mill the raw silk goes to the "throwster" who twists the silk threads ready for the loom.
The silks, as imported, chiefly from Bengal and China, are in what are called books of 10 lb. of which ten form a bale, and the business of the throwster is to wind it, from the plats or skeins upon bobbins; and from these, it is twisted into two, three, or more threads.
It is handled here first by the _throwster_ who winds it from the skein and makes different varieties of thread.
Silk is to be delivered on bobbins from throwster.
In page 161, is a reference to Sir Thomas Lombe, “that eminent throwster, who erected the great engine in Derbyshire; a wonderful structure, consisting of twenty-nine thousand five hundred and eighty-six wheels, all set a going and continued in motion by one single water-wheel, for working silk with expedition and success.”
If the firm sends its own silk it comes to the throwster in bulk with an order to throw a certain proportion of it into organzine of so many threads and twists; and the rest into tram of specified size, the price being computed by the pound. "
Usually the work is done on commission -- the manager, or throwster, receiving orders from weaving mills for exactly the sort of thread they wish to use. "