spindle


spindle
spindlelike, adj.
/spin"dl/, n., adj., v., spindled, spindling.
n.
1. 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.
2. the rod on a spinning wheel by which the thread is twisted and on which it is wound.
3. one of the rods of a spinning machine that bear the bobbins on which the spun thread is wound.
4. 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.
5. a vertical shaft that serves to center a phonograph record on a turntable.
6. either of two shafts or arbors that support the work on a lathe, one (live spindle) on the headstock, rotating with and imparting motion to the work, the other (dead spindle) on the tailstock, motionless.
7. a small axis, arbor, or mandrel.
8. 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.
9. a measure of yarn, containing, for cotton, 15,120 yards (13,825 m), and for linen, 14,400 yards (13,267 m).
10. a hydrometer.
11. Cell Biol. 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.
12. a short, turned or circular ornament, as in a baluster or stair rail.
13. See spindle file.
14. Eastern New Eng. a tassel on an ear of corn.
15. Chiefly New Jersey and Delaware Valley. dragonfly.
adj.
16. See spindle side.
v.t.
17. to give the form of a spindle to.
18. to provide or equip with a spindle or spindles.
19. to impale (a card or paper) on a spindle, as for sorting purposes.
v.i.
20. to shoot up, or grow, into a long, slender stalk or stem, as a plant.
21. to grow tall and slender, often disproportionately so.
[bef. 900; ME spindel (n.), OE spin(e)l; see SPIN, -LE; c. G Spindel]
Regional Variation. 15. See dragonfly.

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  • Spindle — may refer to:In technology*See also: Axle *A spindle is part of an automobile suspension system. It carries the hub for the wheel and attaches to the upper and lower control arms. *A spindle is part of a bicycle pedal. It carries the pedal body,… …   Wikipedia

  • Spindle — Spin dle, n. [AS. spinal, fr. spinnan to spin; akin to D. spil, G. spille, spindel, OHG. spinnala. [root]170. See {Spin}.] 1. The long, round, slender rod or pin in spinning wheels by which the thread is twisted, and on which, when twisted, it is …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spindle — [spin′dəl] n. [ME (with intrusive d ) < OE spinel < spinnan, to SPIN] 1. a slender rod or pin used in spinning; specif., a) in hand spinning, a rounded rod, usually wooden, tapering toward each end, for twisting into thread the fibers… …   English World dictionary

  • Spindle — Spin dle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Spindled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Spindling}.] To shoot or grow into a long, slender stalk or body; to become disproportionately tall and slender. [1913 Webster] It has begun to spindle into overintellectuality. Lowell.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spindle — spindle. См. веретено [деления]. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • Spindle — Spindle. См. Шпиндель. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • Spindle — (spr. ßpindl), engl. Großmaß für Baumwollengarn = 18 Hanks zu 7 Skeins oder 13,825,5 m; für Leinen und Hanfgarn 4 Hasps zu 6 Hears von 2 Cuts = 13,166,5 m, früher in Schottland = 38 und in Irland = 48 Leas zu 300 Yards …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • spindle — O.E. spinel, prop. an instrument for spinning, from stem of spinnan (see SPIN (Cf. spin)), with intrusive d . Related to O.S. spinnila, O.Fris. spindel, O.H.G. spinnila, Ger. Spindel. As a type of something slender, it is attested from 1570s …   Etymology dictionary

  • spindle — (izg. spìndl) m DEFINICIJA tehn. dio stroja koji preuzima i dalje prenosi zakretni moment, tj. snagu; pogonska osovina, vreteno, vratilo ETIMOLOGIJA engl …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • spindle — ► NOUN 1) a slender rounded rod with tapered ends, used in hand spinning to twist and wind fibres from a mass of wool, flax, etc. held on a distaff. 2) a rod or pin serving as an axis that revolves or on which something revolves. 3) a turned… …   English terms dictionary