- The definition of a spindle is a thin rod used for spinning, or a yarn measurement.
- An example of a spindle is what sewing thread is spun around.
- An example of a spindle is 15,120 yards of cotton yarn.
- a slender rod or pin used in spinning; specif.,
- in hand spinning, a rounded rod, usually wooden, tapering toward each end, for twisting into thread the fibers pulled from the material on the distaff, and notched at one end so as to hold the thread
- on a spinning wheel, the rod by which the thread is twisted and on which it is then wound
- in a spinning machine, any of the rods holding the bobbins on which the spun thread is wound
- a measure for yarn, equal to 14,400 yards in linen or 15,120 yards in cotton
- the spindle-shaped bundle of nuclear fibers formed during one stage of mitosis
- a short turned piece or decorative rod, as in a baluster, the back of some chairs, etc.
- any rod, pin, or shaft that revolves or serves as an axis for a revolving part, as an axle, arbor, or mandrel
- in a lathe, a shaftlike part () that rotates while holding the thing to be turned, or a similar part () that does not rotate
- the small, square shaft passing through a door lock, to which the doorknobs are attached
- ☆ a metal spike on a base, on which papers are impaled for temporary filingalso spindle file
- Naut. a metal rod or pipe with a lantern, ball, etc. at its top, fastened to a rock, shoal, or the like as a warning to vessels
Origin of spindleMiddle English (with intrusive -d-) ; from Old English spinel ; from spinnan, to spin
intransitive verbspindled, spindling
- to grow in a long, slender shape
- to grow into a long, slender stalk or stem
- to form into a spindle
- to fit or equip with a spindle
- ☆ to impale (papers, etc.) on a spindle (sense )
- a. A rod or pin, tapered at one end and usually weighted at the other, on which fibers are spun by hand into thread and then wound.b. A similar rod or pin used for spinning on a spinning wheel.c. A pin or rod holding a bobbin or spool on which thread is wound on an automated spinning machine.
- Any of various mechanical parts that revolve or serve as axes for larger revolving parts, as in a lock, axle, phonograph turntable, or lathe.
- Any of various long thin stationary rods, as:a. A spike on which papers may be impaled.b. A baluster.
- Biology A cytoplasmic network composed of microtubules along which the chromosomes are distributed during mitosis and meiosis.
- Anatomy See muscle spindle.
- Coastal New Jersey See dragonfly.
verbspin·dled, spin·dling, spin·dles
- To furnish or equip with a spindle or spindles.
- To impale or perforate on a spindle: Do not fold, spindle, or mutilate this card.
Origin of spindleMiddle English spindel, alteration of Old English spinel; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.
- (spinning) A rod used for spinning and then winding natural fibres (especially wool), usually consisting of a shaft and a circular whorl positioned at either the upper or lower end of the shaft when suspended vertically from the forming thread.
- A rod which turns, or on which something turns.
- the spindle of a vane
- A rotary axis of a machine tool or power tool.
- A worldwide tree of the genus Euonymus, originally used for making the spindles used for spinning wool.
- An upright spike for holding paper documents by skewering.
- The fusee of a watch.
- A long and slender stalk resembling a spindle.
- A yarn measure containing, in cotton yarn, 15,120 yards; in linen yarn, 14,400 yards.
- (geometry) A solid generated by the revolution of a curved line about its base or double ordinate or chord.
- Any marine univalve shell of the genus Rostellaria; a spindle stromb.
- Any marine gastropod of the genus Fusus.
(third-person singular simple present spindles, present participle spindling, simple past and past participle spindled)
- To make into a long tapered shape.
- To impale on a device for holding paper documents.
- Do not fold, spindle or mutilate this document.
From Middle English spindle, spyndel, spyndylle, from Old English spindle, spindel, alteration of earlier spinel, spinil, spinl (“spindle”), from Proto-Germanic *spinnilō (“spindle”), equivalent to spin + -le. Cognate with Scots spindil, spinnell (“spindle”), Dutch spil ("spindle"; < Middle Dutch spille, spinle), German Spindel (“spindle”), Danish spindel (“spindle”), Swedish spindel (“spindle”).
spindle - Computer Definition
A rotating shaft in a disk drive. In a fixed disk, the platters are attached to the spindle. In a removable disk, the spindle remains in the drive. Laptops use spindle designations to indicate the number of built-in drives. For example, a two-spindle machine contains a hard drive and a second bay for an optical drive.