See silk. It is frequently mixed with cotton.
Thread of coarse silk, or singles, wound with flattened silver wire.
（Nautical.) A line formed of a number of yarns twisted together, but not laid up. Used for seizings, serving, etc.
1. (Manege.) An instrument attached to the heel, and having a rowel or wheel of points to prick a horse's side.
Spurs were used by the Greeks and Romans.
They are referred to by Plautus (died B. C. 184) and by other Latin authors.
The rim is the part inclosing the heel of the boot; the neck, the part between the rowel and the rim; the rowel, a wheel with sharp radial points.
Spurs are represented on seals of the eleventh century.
They were common among the Saxons, being made of brass or iron, and fastened to the shoe by a leathern thong.
Instead of a rowel, the rear had a single fixed, sharp point.
The rowel is noticed in the reign of Henry III.
Anciently the knight wore golden sp