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spindle

noun spin·dle \ ˈspin-dᵊl \

Definition of spindle

1 a :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
3 a :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

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Origin and Etymology of spindle

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

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spindle

verb

Definition of spindle

spindled; spindling play \ˈspin(d)-liŋ, ˈspin-dᵊl-iŋ\
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

spindler

play \ˈspin(d)-lər, ˈspin-dᵊl-ər\ noun

First Known Use of spindle

1577


SPINDLE Defined for English Language Learners

spindle

noun

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

spindle

noun spin·dle \ ˈspin-dəl \

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

Medical Dictionary

spindle

noun spin·dle \ ˈspin-dᵊl \

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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