cotton gin


Definition of cotton gin

: a machine that separates the seeds, hulls, and foreign material from cotton

Examples of cotton gin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The British blockades of the Napoleonic era wrecked Spain’s cotton exports, which were supplanted by the American South and its cotton gin after 1793. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "The Real History of Cinco de Mayo," 5 May 2020 Frisco was home to many farmers, who built several cotton gins and grain elevators. Meagan Hurley, Dallas News, "Frisco, Texas: From tiny farm town to fastest-growing city," 26 Feb. 2020 Also on this day: 1794: Eli Whitney receives a patent for his cotton gin, an invention that would revolutionize America’s cotton industry. Fox News, "This Day in History: March 14," 15 Mar. 2020 Three days after that, Till’s body was found in the Tallahatchie River, weighed down by an industrial-weight cotton gin fan. David Lyman,, "Emmett Till and Anne Frank meet as decades collide on stage at Freedom Center," 21 Feb. 2020 The transatlantic slave trade increased dramatically in response to the introduction of the cotton gin, which allowed seeds to be extracted from cotton mechanically. Washington Post, "The overlooked innovation woven throughout human history," 9 Jan. 2020 Grain elevators are empty, and cotton gins sit silent. Rory Doyle, New York Times, "Where Floods of ‘Biblical Proportion’ Drowned Towns and Farms," 30 July 2019 Much of that first rock came from a quarry owned by Eli Whitney, who went to Yale and invented the cotton gin, an ambiguous accomplishment both for himself and for humanity. Christian Wiman, Harper's magazine, "The Cancer Chair," 20 Jan. 2020 Many of the first businesses, including a motel, ice plant, water works and cotton gin, were built by the King Ranch., "Set to close, Kingsville Record gets 11th-hour reprieve," 23 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of cotton gin

1796, in the meaning defined above

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“Cotton gin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cotton gin

: a machine that separates the seeds of cotton plants from the cotton

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Kids Definition of cotton gin

: a machine for removing seeds from cotton

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