Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
derne, prob. of Celtic origin; cf. W.
darnioto piece, break in pieces, W. & Arm. to E.
To mend as a rent or hole, with interlacing stitches of yarn or thread by means of a needle; to sew together with yarn or thread.
He spent every day ten hours in his closet, in
A long, strong needle for mending holes or rents, especially in stockings.
Any species of dragon fly, having a long, cylindrical body, resembling a needle. These flies are harmless and without stings.
[In this sense, usually written with a hyphen.]Called also
A place mended by darning.
A colloquial euphemism for
Webster 1828 Edition