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 backcountry was suitable only for growing short-staple cotton, which was not a viable cash crop until Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin in 1793 and transformed the inland South into a cotton kingdom. Charlotte Allen, Washington Examiner, "The ghost of John C. Calhoun," 18 Feb. 2021 From the cotton gin to the mobile phone, the U.S. has produced some of the most useful inventions of the past three centuries. Star Tribune, "Biden should prioritize research and development," 26 Jan. 2021 Tanenbaum is the great-grandson of a Jewish immigrant from Poland who settled in Dumas, Arkansas, and ran a cotton gin. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Planned Museum Will Spotlight Jewish Communities in the American South," 18 Dec. 2020 Located in a cotton gin that dates from 1885, this 32-year-old winery stands out, even in historic Sisterdale. Richard A. Marini,, "3 scenic Texas Hill Country drives to break up the boredom of this year’s smaller Christmas and holidays," 8 Dec. 2020 Ash Flat had a population of 150 people in 1871 as well as a blacksmith shop, three stores, two saloons and a cotton gin. Rex Nelson, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | REX NELSON: Defining Sharp County," 29 Nov. 2020 Till supposedly whistled at a white woman and was found in the river four days later with a 75-pound cotton gin fan tied around his neck. Carmen K. Sisson, The Christian Science Monitor, "For historic Mississippi church, a day of Thanksgiving," 24 Nov. 2020 Arson was suspected since another fire began that evening at the cotton gin owned by the mayor. Rex Nelson, Arkansas Online, "The Mammoth Orange," 17 Oct. 2020 August Real Estate is finishing up its almost $30 million redo of the Continental Gin Building, which was originally part of a large complex that produced cotton gin equipment. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Dallas firm targets Deep Ellum building for its second redo," 22 Sep. 2020

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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 8 May. 2021.

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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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