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noun spin·dle \ˈspin-dəl\

Simple Definition of spindle

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of spindle

  1. 1a :  a round stick with tapered ends used to form and twist the yarn in hand spinningb :  the long slender pin by which the thread is twisted in a spinning wheelc :  any of various rods or pins holding a bobbin in a textile machine (as a spinning frame)d :  the pin in a loom shuttlee :  a device usually consisting of a long upright pin in a base on which papers can be stuck for filing —called also spindle file

  2. 2 :  something shaped like a spindle: asa :  a spindle-shaped network of chiefly microtubular fibers along which the chromosomes are distributed during mitosis and meiosisb :  muscle spindle

  3. 3a :  the bar or shaft usually of square section that carries the knobs and actuates the latch or bolt of a lockb (1) :  a turned often decorative piece (as in a baluster) (2) :  newelc (1) :  a revolving piece especially when thinner than a shaft (2) :  a horizontal or vertical axle revolving on pin or pivot endsd :  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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verb, spin·dle

Definition of spindle

spindledspindling play \ˈspin(d)-liŋ, ˈspin-dəl-iŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to shoot or grow into a long slender stalk

  3. 2 :  to grow to stalk or stem rather than to flower or fruit

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to impale, thrust, or perforate on the spike of a spindle file

  6. 2 :  to make or equip (as a piece of furniture) with spindles

spindler play \ˈspin(d)-lər, ˈspin-dəl-ər\ noun


First Known Use of spindle


SPINDLE Defined for Kids


noun spin·dle \ˈspin-dəl\

Definition of spindle for Students

  1. 1 :  a slender round rod or stick with narrowed ends by which thread is twisted in spinning and on which it is wound

  2. 2 :  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

  1. 1:  something shaped like a round stick or pin with tapered ends: asa:  a network of chiefly microtubular fibers along which the chromosomes are distributed during mitosis and meiosisb:  muscle spindle

  2. 2:  sleep spindle

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