Definition of spindle
1a : a round stick with tapered ends used to form and twist the yarn in hand spinningb : the long slender pin by which the thread is twisted in a spinning wheelc : any of various rods or pins holding a bobbin in a textile machine (such as a spinning frame)d : the pin in a loom shuttlee : a device usually consisting of a long upright pin in a base on which papers can be stuck for filing —called also spindle file
2 : something shaped like a spindle: such asa : a spindle-shaped network of chiefly microtubular fibers along which the chromosomes are distributed during mitosis and meiosisb : muscle spindle
3a : the bar or shaft usually of square section that carries the knobs and actuates the latch or bolt of a lockb (1) : a turned often decorative piece (as in a baluster) (2) : newelc (1) : a revolving piece especially when thinner than a shaft (2) : a horizontal or vertical axle revolving on pin or pivot endsd : the part of an axle on which a vehicle wheel turns
Recent Examples of spindle from the Web
Stage 2: Our eye movements stop and our brain waves become slower with occasional bursts of rapid waves called sleep spindles.
All of these variations on the strut do essentially the same thing: mechanically separate the steering and suspension functions while reducing spindle length and scrub radius (both dimensions are key factors of torque steer).
The quarter panels high on the sides of the car flare away from the center while the door panels pull inward; the spindle shape appears again in the rear fascia.
A stained glass window borders the double front doors and staircases sport wooden spindle balusters.
On a recent afternoon, a Goodyear technician lays black composite strips on a turning spindle, building a NASCAR tire.
The panels of the old sign were lit by a rotating mechanical spindle, Goltz said.
The action begins in 1954, when Kroc, an Illinois salesman of multi-spindle milkshake mixers, lugs the heavy device from town to town and from restaurant to restaurant in the hope of drumming up business.
Within seconds this quicksilver star sets forth a complex character—a salesman who is quirky, charmingly goofy and maybe a little screwy, yet fiercely determined to sell a five-spindle milkshake mixer to a luncheonette owner.
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Origin and Etymology of spindle
Middle English spindel, from Old English spinel; akin to Old English spinnan to spin
First Known Use: 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of spindle
spindlingplay \ˈspin(d)-liŋ, ˈspin-dəl-iŋ\
1 : to shoot or grow into a long slender stalk
2 : to grow to stalk or stem rather than to flower or fruit
1 : to impale, thrust, or perforate on the spike of a spindle file
2 : to make or equip (something, such as a piece of furniture) with spindles
spindlerplay \ˈspin(d)-lər, ˈspin-dəl-ər\ noun
First Known Use of spindle
SPINDLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of spindle for English Language Learners
: a thin rod or stick with pointed ends that is used in making yarn
: the long, thin pin on a spinning wheel that is used to make thread
: something shaped like a long, thin rod; especially : a long, thin part of a machine which turns around something or around which something turns
SPINDLE Defined for Kids
Definition of spindle for Students
1 : a slender round rod or stick with narrowed ends by which thread is twisted in spinning and on which it is wound
2 : something (as an axle or shaft) which has a slender round shape and on which something turns
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