spinning wheel


: a small domestic hand-driven or foot-driven machine for spinning yarn or thread

Examples of spinning wheel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 360-degree spinning wheels, which make the suitcase easy to glide through airports, come off with just the push of a button. Isabel Garcia, Peoplemag, 3 Nov. 2023 The traditional Spirograph uses spinning wheels to make beautiful designs, but this new set brings your kid’s creations to life thanks to an animator base with flashing LED lights that make the drawings dance on the page. Tanya Edwards, Parents, 4 Oct. 2023 Gandhi often weaved his own khadi clothing on a charkha, or spinning wheel, a device that has come to symbolize the country’s political and economic emancipation. Rhea Mogul, CNN, 10 Sep. 2023 Under Mahatma Ghandi and other Indian nationalists, the spinning wheel became the symbol of drive to end British rule. Steven Litt, cleveland, 13 July 2023 Treadles, or foot levers, made their debut in the Middle Ages to power looms and spinning wheels. Bill Gourgey, Popular Science, 25 Apr. 2023 In the log cabin, which will be festively decorated, there will be storytelling from Brilliant Detroit, book giveaways, spinning wheel demos and more. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, 10 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spinning wheel was in the 15th century

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“Spinning wheel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spinning%20wheel. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

spinning wheel

: a small machine driven by the hand or foot for spinning yarn or thread

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