spinning wheel

noun

Definition of 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 experiments revealed that not only did the gobies’ fin nerves fire when the spinning wheel touched them, but that the pattern of nerve activity corresponded to the speed the wheel was spinning and the spacing of the ridges. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Some Fish Fins Are as Sensitive as a Primate’s Fingertips," 9 Nov. 2020 The series riffs on a game show, with a spinning wheel that determines which challenge El-Waylly will take on. NBC News, "'Babish' expands as pandemic boosts YouTube cooking shows," 27 Oct. 2020 In this case, a synchronous condenser is a spinning wheel whose running amount of kinetic energy evens off the amount of current flowing from a source into the grid. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "To Keep Energy Flowing, the U.K. Is Turning to the Flywheel," 9 July 2020 In a nearly 3-minute clip shared online by Twitter user @ziyatong, multiple cats can be seen batting at and perusing the intricate setup, which includes a marble slide, dominos, and spinning wheels, all of which lead to their dinner being dispensed. Cady Lang, Time, "This Is the Saga of Multiple Curious Cats Getting Fed Supper By an Elaborate Rube Goldberg Machine," 19 Mar. 2020 Miscellaneous items: Burlap bags, canvas/broadcloth bags, medical bottles/supplies, commode, spinning wheel, baskets and loom. cleveland, "Historic artifacts needed for Cahoon Museum: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 29 Feb. 2020 This solution was so alien that the scientist running the spinneret (the device that spins the liquid polyamides into fibers, like a spinning wheel making thread) was afraid Kwolek’s stuff would break their machine. Dan Samorodnitsky, Smithsonian, "You Can Thank Chemist Stephanie Kwolek for Bulletproof Vests and Yoga Pants," 21 Aug. 2019 Essentially a large tube with a single camera, Kepler relied on four reaction wheels (spinning wheels to orient the spacecraft) to point at specific patches of the sky for days or even weeks on end. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, "One Search to (Almost) Rule Them All: Hundreds of Hidden Planets Found in Kepler Data," 2 Aug. 2019 On display are Native American artifacts, spinning wheels and other tools. courant.com, "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of spinning wheel

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Spinning wheel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spinning%20wheel. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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spinning wheel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spinning wheel

: a machine that was used in the past for making yarn or thread

spinning wheel

noun

Kids Definition of spinning wheel

: a small machine driven by the hand or foot that is used to spin yarn or thread

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