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The Collaborative International Dictionary
Pirn \Pirn\, n. [Etymol. uncertain.] A quill or reed on which thread or yarn is wound; a bobbin; also, the wound yarn on a weaver's shuttle; also, the reel of a fishing rod. [Scot.]
alt. a cone shaped spool or bobbin on which thread or yarn is wound used most often for weaving n. a cone shaped spool or bobbin on which thread or yarn is wound used most often for weaving
A pirn is a rod onto which weft thread is wound for use in weaving. Unlike a bobbin, it is fixed in place, and the thread is delivered off the end of the pirn rather than from the center. A typical pirn is made of wood or plastic and is slightly tapered for most of its length, flaring out more sharply at the base, which fits over a pin in the shuttle. Pirns are wound from the base forward in order to ensure snag-free delivery of the thread, unlike bobbins, which are wound evenly from end to end.
Pirns became important with the development of the flying shuttle, though they are also used with other end delivery shuttles. Power looms which use pirns generally have automatic changing mechanisms which removes the spent pirn from the shuttle and replaces it with a fresh one, thus allowing for uninterrupted weaving.
Usage examples of "pirn".
What was this Pirn fellow, a lousy low-rank thief, doing with a gold Guild token?
Beckman at least he knew he could find a way to handle: Push a little business his way, make pirn a little more money so he could add to his nouveau riche I-have-arrived!
Duke had slept alone the past week, almost cause for alarm or concern for his health, had not his valet, Pirns, mentioned to the steward that His Grace had taken a fancy to someone new.