Spindle

Definition of Spindle

Spin´dle
n.1.The long, round, slender rod or pin in spinning wheels by which the thread is twisted, and on which, when twisted, it is wound; also, the pin on which the bobbin is held in a spinning machine, or in the shuttle of a loom.
2.A slender rod or pin on which anything turns; an axis; as, the spindle of a vane.
3.(Mach.) The shaft, mandrel, or arbor, in a machine tool, as a lathe or drilling machine, etc., which causes the work to revolve, or carries a tool or center, etc.
3.The fusee of a watch.
4.(Mach.) The vertical rod on which the runner of a grinding mill turns.
4.A long and slender stalk resembling a spindle.
5.(Founding) A shaft or pipe on which a core of sand is formed.
5.A yarn measure containing, in cotton yarn, 15,120 yards; in linen yarn, 14,400 yards.
6.(Geom.) A solid generated by the revolution of a curved line about its base or double ordinate or chord.
7.(Zool.) Any marine univalve shell of the genus Rostellaria; - called also spindle stromb.
Dead spindle
(Mach.) a spindle in a machine tool that does not revolve; the spindle of the tailstock of a lathe.
Live spindle
(Mach.) the revolving spindle of a machine tool; the spindle of the headstock of a turning lathe.
Spindle shell
(Zool.) See Spindle, 7. above.
Spindle side
the female side in descent; in the female line; opposed to spear side.
Spindle tree
(Bot.) any shrub or tree of the genus Eunymus. The wood of E. Europæus was used for spindles and skewers. See Prickwood.
- Ld. Lytton.
v. i.1.To shoot or grow into a long, slender stalk or body; to become disproportionately tall and slender.
[imp. & p. p. Spindled; p. pr. & vb. n. Spindling .]
It has begun to spindle into overintellectuality.
- Lowell.

Related Words

arbor, axis, axle, axle bar, axle shaft, axle spindle, axle-tree, distaff, fulcrum, gimbal, gudgeon, hinge, hingle, hub, mandrel, nave, oarlock, pin, pintle, pivot, pole, radiant, rowlock, swivel, trunnion
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