spinning jenny

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spinning jen·​ny | \ -ˌje-nē How to pronounce spinning jenny (audio) \

Definition of spinning jenny

: an early multiple-spindle machine for spinning wool or cotton

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Creative destruction reallocates society’s resources from less productive pursuits to more productive ones—from spinning jennies to factories, for example, or from horse-and-buggies to motorcars. Alan Greenspan, WSJ, "How to Fix the Great American Growth Machine," 12 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of spinning jenny

1783, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spinning jenny

Jenny, nickname for Jane

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