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  • n. A basket used to hold materials for needlework etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A basket for holding materials for needlework, or the like.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A basket used by women either to hold the implements for sewing, as needles, thread, scissors, or thimble, in which case the basket is small, or to hold partly made garments, articles needing repair, etc., for which use the basket is large and has a wide opening.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. container for holding implements and materials for work (especially for sewing)


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  • She headed in the general direction of her workbasket, Quentin accompanying her as far as the end of the sidewalk.

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  • But the workbasket when found was innocuous: the cut-out pieces of a blouse, a skirt with darts.


  • In a happy compromise between her two states of existence, she had already become, with her workbasket before her, the equably vivacious companion with a slight judicious flavouring of information, when the Billickin announced herself.

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  • It was said that the empress kept it always about her person, tucked into her workbasket, and only after he inquired did she put her little hand in among the embroidery to come up with the handle of the imperial glaive.


  • His wife's workbasket was on a high stand by her side.

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  • "You are right, Blanche," Elizabeth said to her maid, who was sitting near her arranging the spools in a workbasket.

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  • He backed up so hastily that he bumped into the table and knocked it askew, sending Malva's workbasket, a pottery jug of milk, and a pewter plate cascading to the floor with a crash.

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  • I hesitated-but instinct was too much for me, and I hastily scooped up the balls of thread and dropped them back into the workbasket.

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  • She didna use them all, and I found them in her workbasket later.

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