noun spin·dle \ˈspin-dəl\

: a thin rod or stick with pointed ends that is used in making yarn

: the long, thin pin on a spinning wheel that is used to make thread

: something shaped like a long, thin rod; especially : a long, thin part of a machine which turns around something or around which something turns

Full Definition of SPINDLE

a :  a round stick with tapered ends used to form and twist the yarn in hand spinning
b :  the long slender pin by which the thread is twisted in a spinning wheel
c :  any of various rods or pins holding a bobbin in a textile machine (as a spinning frame)
d :  the pin in a loom shuttle
e :  a device usually consisting of a long upright pin in a base on which papers can be stuck for filing —called also spindle file
:  something shaped like a spindle: as
a :  a spindle-shaped network of chiefly microtubular fibers along which the chromosomes are distributed during mitosis and meiosis
b :  muscle spindle
a :  the bar or shaft usually of square section that carries the knobs and actuates the latch or bolt of a lock
b (1) :  a turned often decorative piece (as in a baluster)
(2) :  newel
c (1) :  a revolving piece especially when thinner than a shaft
(2) :  a horizontal or vertical axle revolving on pin or pivot ends
d :  the part of an axle on which a vehicle wheel turns

Origin of SPINDLE

Middle English spindel, from Old English spinel; akin to Old English spinnan to spin
First Known Use: 12th century

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Rhymes with SPINDLE


spin·dledspin·dling \ˈspin(d)-liŋ, ˈspin-dəl-iŋ\

Definition of SPINDLE

intransitive verb
:  to shoot or grow into a long slender stalk
:  to grow to stalk or stem rather than to flower or fruit
transitive verb
:  to impale, thrust, or perforate on the spike of a spindle file
:  to make or equip (as a piece of furniture) with spindles
spin·dler \ˈspin(d)-lər, ˈspin-dəl-ər\ noun

First Known Use of SPINDLE

SPINDLES Defined for Kids


noun spin·dle \ˈspin-dəl\

Definition of SPINDLE for Kids

:  a slender round rod or stick with narrowed ends by which thread is twisted in spinning and on which it is wound
:  something (as an axle or shaft) which has a slender round shape and on which something turns
Medical Dictionary


noun spin·dle \ˈspin-dəl\

Medical Definition of SPINDLE

:  something shaped like a round stick or pin with tapered ends: as a :  a network of chiefly microtubular fibers along which the chromosomes are distributed during mitosis and meiosis b :  muscle spindle


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