spinning jenny


spinning jen·ny

noun \-ˌje-nē\

Definition of SPINNING JENNY

:  an early multiple-spindle machine for spinning wool or cotton

Origin of SPINNING JENNY

Jenny, nickname for Jane
First Known Use: 1783

Rhymes with SPINNING JENNY

spinning jenny

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Early multiple-spindle machine for spinning wool or cotton. The hand-powered spinning jenny was patented by James Hargreaves in 1770. The development of the spinning wheel into the spinning jenny was a significant factor in the industrialization of the textile industry, though its product was inferior to that of R. Arkwright's water frame.

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