cotton gin


Definition of cotton gin

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

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The cotton gin had not yet been invented, and the cotton belt remained in the possession of its Native American inhabitants. Nicholas Guyatt, The New York Review of Books, "How Proslavery Was the Constitution?," 6 June 2019 Some changes replace one kind of labor (the calculator), and some disrupt a whole industry (the cotton gin). Kai-fu Lee, WSJ, "The Human Promise of the AI Revolution," 14 Sep. 2018 Every fiber of in Redland Cotton sheets is grown and processed in an Alabama cotton gin built by founder Mark Yeager; the sheets are then sewn and fabricated at textile mills across the U.S. south. Hannah Morrill, ELLE Decor, "The Best Luxury Sheets For the Perfect Night's Sleep," 15 Nov. 2018 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

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1796, in the meaning defined above

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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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