Etymology
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darning (n.)

"action or process of mending a hole (in fabric) by interweaving yarn or thread," 1610s, verbal noun from darn (v.). Darning-needle is from 1848; darning-stitch from 1881.

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Definitions of darning

darning (n.)
the act of mending a hole in a garment with crossing threads;
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