spinning jenny

noun
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

Examples of spinning jenny in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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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“Spinning jenny.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spinning%20jenny. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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