spindle

noun
spin·​dle | \ ˈspin-dᵊl How to pronounce spindle (audio) \

Definition of spindle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a round stick with tapered ends used to form and twist the yarn in hand spinning
b : the long slender pin by which the thread is twisted in a spinning wheel
c : any of various rods or pins holding a bobbin in a textile machine (such as a spinning frame)
d : the pin in a loom shuttle
e : 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 as
a : a spindle-shaped network of chiefly microtubular fibers along which the chromosomes are distributed during mitosis and meiosis
3a : the bar or shaft usually of square section that carries the knobs and actuates the latch or bolt of a lock
b(1) : a turned often decorative piece (as in a baluster)
(2) : newel
c(1) : a revolving piece especially when thinner than a shaft
(2) : a horizontal or vertical axle revolving on pin or pivot ends
d : the part of an axle on which a vehicle wheel turns

spindle

verb
spindled; spindling\ ˈspin(d)-​liŋ How to pronounce spindling (audio) , ˈspin-​dᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of spindle (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to shoot or grow into a long slender stalk
2 : to grow to stalk or stem rather than to flower or fruit

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from spindle

Verb

spindler \ ˈspin(d)-​lər How to pronounce spindler (audio) , ˈspin-​dᵊl-​ər \ noun

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Paths 7, a repudiation of this regret, takes the form of a strikingly symmetrical pile of gold leaf situated just beneath the tip of a drop spindle pendulum. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "These Engaging, Immersive Works Erase the Line Between Art and Audience," 19 June 2019 Lexus is changing the RX crossover's looks for 2020—but yes, the polarizing spindle grille and aggressive creases remain. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "2020 Lexus RX Sharpens Its Look and Purports to Fix Its Infotainment Issues," 30 May 2019 Some people produce more spindles naturally, but more research is needed to determine how others can boost their production. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "The Tired Girl's Guide To Getting More Sleep & Having More Energy," 2 May 2012 According to a 2010 Current Biology journal, the thalamus produces sleep spindles (brain activity that refreshes memory) to aid sleep in noisy environments. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "The Tired Girl's Guide To Getting More Sleep & Having More Energy," 2 May 2012 The reimagined four-posters replace overwrought Victorian spindles with unconventional, totem-like columns. Kathryn O’shea-evans, WSJ, "Modern Romance: State-of-the-Art Spindle Beds," 4 Oct. 2018 There are a few ways of transferring mitochondria, but the two most common methods of doing MRT are pronuclear transfer and spindle transfer. Radhika Viswanathan, Vox, "3 biological parents, 1 child, and an international controversy," 24 July 2018 In spindle transfer, the nuclear DNA from the mother (known as a spindle) is transplanted into the donor’s egg, replacing the donor’s DNA. Radhika Viswanathan, Vox, "3 biological parents, 1 child, and an international controversy," 24 July 2018 The company’s grab-bar offerings include angular modern versions and traditional metal styles that mimic turned-wood spindles, available in trendy finishes such as matte black and champagne bronze. Sara Bliss, WSJ, "Renovation Strategies to Live at Home—Stylishly—Into Your 80s," 23 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of spindle

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1577, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for spindle

Noun

Middle English spindel, from Old English spinel; akin to Old English spinnan to spin

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spindle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spindle

: 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

noun
spin·​dle | \ ˈspin-dəl How to pronounce spindle (audio) \

Kids Definition of spindle

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

spindle

noun
spin·​dle | \ ˈspin-dᵊl How to pronounce spindle (audio) \

Medical Definition of spindle

1 : something shaped like a round stick or pin with tapered ends: as
a : a network of chiefly microtubular fibers along which the chromosomes are distributed during mitosis and meiosis

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