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Definitions of spindle

  1. any of various rotating shafts that serve as axes for larger rotating parts Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. (biology) tiny fibers that are seen in cell division; the fibers radiate from two poles and meet at the equator in the middle; "chromosomes are distributed by spindles in mitosis and meiosis" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a stick or pin used to twist the yarn in spinning Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. The long, round, slender rod or pin in spinning wheels by which the thread is twisted, and on which, when twisted, it is wound; also, the pin on which the bobbin is held in a spinning machine, or in the shuttle of a loom. Newage Dictionary DB
  5. A slender rod or pin on which anything turns; an axis; as, the spindle of a vane. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. The shaft, mandrel, or arbor, in a machine tool, as a lathe or drilling machine, etc., which causes the work to revolve, or carries a tool or center, etc. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. The vertical rod on which the runner of a grinding mill turns. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. A shaft or pipe on which a core of sand is formed. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. The fusee of a watch. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. A long and slender stalk resembling a spindle. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. A yarn measure containing, in cotton yarn, 15,120 yards; in linen yarn, 14,400 yards. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. A solid generated by the revolution of a curved line about its base or double ordinate or chord. Newage Dictionary DB
  13. Any marine univalve shell of the genus Rostellaria; -- called also spindle stromb. Newage Dictionary DB
  14. Any marine gastropod of the genus Fusus. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. To shoot or grow into a long, slender stalk or body; to become disproportionately tall and slender. Newage Dictionary DB
  16. In a spinning wheel or machine, the long, thin rod used for twisting and winding the thread; in spinning by hand, a round stick tapering at each end, on which the thread is twisted and held; a rod or pin on which anything turns. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  17. 1. In anatomy and pathology, any fusiform cell or structure, such as the inner segment of one of the rods or cones of the retina, or a spindle-cell. 2. Specifically the amphiaster, a spindle-shaped or fusiform figure formed by the fibrils of cytoplasm stretching between the asters, in the prophase of mitosis or caryocinesis. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  18. The pin from which the thread is spun or twisted: a pin on which anything turns: the fusee of a watch. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  19. Pin on which thread is wound as it is spun, or on which it is formed; pin on which anything turns. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  20. To grow long and slender. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. A slender rod or pin, on which thread may be wound, as spun. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  22. A pin used in spinning for twisting the thread, on which when twisted it is wound; a slender-pointed rod or pin on which anything turns; any long, slender thing. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  23. To shoot or grow on a long slender stalk or body. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  24. The pin or thin rod, formerly used in spinning, for twisting the fibres drawn from the distaff; any axis of revolution, as the axis of a wheel, of a capstan, &c.; anything long and slender; a yarn-measure. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  25. Among gardeners, to put forth a long and slender stalk. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  26. A structure resembling a spinning-machine spindle ; an elongated peduncle bearing sessile flowers ; a spindle-shaped structure formed of achromatin fibres during mitosis. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  27. [Anglo-Saxon] A structure resembling a spinning-machine spindle; an elongated peduncle bearing sessile flowers (bot.); a spindle-shaped structure formed of achromatin fibres during mitosis (biol.). na
  28. Any marine univalve shell of the genus Rostellaria; called also spindle stromb. dictgcide_fs
  29. spin'dl, n. the pin from which the thread is twisted: a pin on which anything turns: the fusee of a watch: anything very slender.--v.i. to grow long and slender.--adjs. SPIN'DLE-LEGGED, -SHANKED, having long slender legs, like spindles.--ns.pl. SPIN'DLE-LEGS, -SHANKS, long slim legs--hence an over-long and slender person.--adj. SPIN'DLE-SHAPED, shaped like a spindle: thickest in the middle and tapering to both ends.--ns. SPIN'DLE-SHELL, a spindle-shaped shell; SPIN'DLE-TREE, a shrub whose hard-grained wood was formerly used for making musical instruments and for spindles, and is now for skewers, &c.; SPIN'DLING, a person or thing too long and slender: a slender shoot.--adj. long and slender.--adj. SPIN'DLY, disproportionally long and slender. [A.S. spinl--spinnan, to spin; Ger. spindel.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  30. Pin in spinning-wheel used for twisting& winding the thread; small bar serving same purposes in hand-spinning; pin bearing bobbin of spinning-machine; pin, axis, that revolves or on which a thing revolves; live (revolving) s., dead (non-revolving) s.; slender thing or person; varying measure of length for yarn; s. -shanked, with long thin legs, s.-shanks, person with such legs; s.-shaped, of circular cross-section& tapering towards each end; s.-tree, shrub or small tree with hard wood used for ss.; (v.i.) have, grow into, long slender form. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  31. The tapering rod or pin on which the thread is wound in spinning. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  32. Anything of like shape (see fusiform). Appleton's medical dictionary.
  33. The solid formed by the revolution of an arc round its chord. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  34. n. [Anglo-Saxon] The long, slender rod in spinning-wheels by which the thread is twisted and wound ;-a slender, pointed pin on which any thing turns ; an axis or arbour;-the fusee of a watch;-a long, slender stalk ; -in manufactures, a quantity of yarn, thread, or silk put up together after it is taken from the reel. Cabinet Dictionary

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