spinning wheel


spinning wheel

noun

: a machine that was used in the past for making yarn or thread

Full Definition of SPINNING WHEEL

:  a small domestic hand-driven or foot-driven machine for spinning yarn or thread

First Known Use of SPINNING WHEEL

15th century

spinning wheel

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Early machine for turning textile fibre into thread or yarn, which was then woven into cloth on a loom. The spinning wheel was probably invented in India, though its origins are unclear. It reached Europe via the Middle East in the Middle Ages. The improvement of the loom in 18th-century England created a yarn shortage and a demand for mechanical spinning. The result was a series of inventions that converted the spinning wheel into a powered, mechanized component of the Industrial Revolution (see drawing frame; spinning jenny; water frame).

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