spinning wheel


Definition of spinning wheel

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

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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 Tiger spins wheels: Tiger Woods will not duplicate his Masters magic at Pebble Beach. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Rory McIlroy still hanging around, chasing first major title since 2014," 15 June 2019 The spacecrafts’ gyroscopes are small spinning wheels that work to rotate the telescope and keep it stable while observing. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Another NASA Space Telescope Has Gone Offline," 12 Oct. 2018 Remember, this thing doesn't need much energy for a mere spinning wheel. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "The Physics of a Puzzling Perpetual Motion Machine," 12 June 2018 Four giant spinning wheels highlight 48 missions or tasks that link guests with one of the these animals through a neon green 3,500-square-foot maze. Joan Cary, chicagotribune.com, "Get your fill of creepy crawlies at Brookfield Zoo's new exhibit," 13 May 2018 This popular, entertaining program is not about quilting bees and spinning wheels. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windsor Edition," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of spinning wheel

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of spinning wheel

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

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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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