spindle: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (spin'dl), [key]
— n., adj., v., -dled, -dling.
- a rounded rod, usually of wood, tapering toward each end, used in hand-spinning to twist into thread the fibers drawn from the mass on the distaff, and on which the thread is wound as it is spun.
- the rod on a spinning wheel by which the thread is twisted and on which it is wound.
- one of the rods of a spinning machine that bear the bobbins on which the spun thread is wound.
- any rod or pin suggestive of a spindle used in spinning, as one that turns around or on which something turns; an axle, axis, or shaft.
- a vertical shaft that serves to center a phonograph record on a turntable.
- either of two shafts or arbors that support the work on a lathe, oneon the headstock, rotating with and imparting motion to the work, the otheron the tailstock, motionless.
- a small axis, arbor, or mandrel.
- an iron rod or the like, usually with a ball or cage at the top, fixed to a rock, sunken reef, etc., to serve as a guide in navigation.
- a measure of yarn, containing, for cotton, 15,120 yards (13,825 m), and for linen, 14,400 yards (13,267 m).
- a hydrometer.
- a spindle-shaped structure, composed of microtubules, that forms near the cell nucleus during mitosis or meiosis and, as it divides, draws the chromosomes to opposite poles of the cell.
- a short, turned or circular ornament, as in a baluster or stair rail.
- a tassel on an ear of corn.
- to give the form of a spindle to.
- to provide or equip with a spindle or spindles.
- to impale (a card or paper) on a spindle, as for sorting purposes.
- to shoot up, or grow, into a long, slender stalk or stem, as a plant.
- to grow tall and slender, often disproportionately so.
- spindle (Thesaurus)
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