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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A device employed in some looms to lay in, piece by piece, a. filling of slats, whalebone palm-leaf, or other stiffening material.
  • n. An early arrangement for stopping a loom in case of the failure of the weft-thread.


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  • If the weaver fails to do so and the pirn empties, the absence of weft is usually detected by a ‘weft-fork’ detector system.

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