cotton gin

noun

Definition of cotton gin 

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

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Emmett was kidnapped and killed days later, his body tethered to a cotton gin fan with barbed wire and then cast into a river. The case — gruesome and shocking — became a catalyst for the broader civil rights movement. Alan Blinder, New York Times, "U.S. Reopens Emmett Till Investigation, Almost 63 Years After His Murder," 12 July 2018 The boy’s body was later found, tethered to a cotton gin fan, in the Tallahatchie River. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "The Justice Department Has Reopened Its Investigation into the Murder of Emmett Till," 12 July 2018 In 1794, France abolished slavery, Eli Whitney patented the cotton gin, and a clique of Harvard undergrads, dissatisfied with the paucity of meat in the College dining hall, roasted a pig. Nathaniel Brooks Horwitz, Town & Country, "Why I Refused to Join One of Harvard's All-Male Final Clubs," 31 Aug. 2016 Enslaved people in America were partly enslaved by the cotton gin, as well as by people. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Did Math Kill God?," 27 Apr. 2018 Eli Whitney, who invented the cotton gin, was a firearms manufacturer on contract with the young United States government. Heather Souvaine Horn, The New Republic, "A System in Denial," 16 Apr. 2018 In 1794, Eli Whitney received a patent for his cotton gin, an invention that revolutionized America’s cotton industry. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 14 Mar. 2018 A few years later, Boley boasted five grocery stores, five hotels, seven restaurants, four cotton gins, three drugstores, a jewelry store, four department stores, two insurance companies, two photographers and an ice plant. Michael Harriot, The Root, "The Other Black Wall Streets," 15 Feb. 2018 In the 1800s local manufacturers including Eli Whitney, who invented the cotton gin, perfected the use of interchangeable parts. The Economist, "American factories could prosper if they find enough skilled workers," 12 Oct. 2017

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cotton gin

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cotton gin

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

cotton gin

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Kids Definition of cotton gin

: a machine for removing seeds from cotton

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