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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Yarn \Yarn\, n. [OE. yarn, [yogh]arn, AS. gearn; akin to D. garen, G., OHG., Icel., Sw., & Dan. garn; of uncertain origin. Cf. Cord.] [1913 Webster] 1. Spun wool; woolen thread; also, thread of other material, as of cotton, flax, hemp, or silk; material spun and prepared for use in weaving, knitting, manufacturing sewing thread, or the like. [1913 Webster] 2. (Rope Making) One of the threads of which the strands of a rope are composed. [1913 Webster] 3. A story told by a sailor for the amusement of his companions; a story or tale; as, to spin a yarn. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]