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 spike on which papers may be impaled.
- A baluster.
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- 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.
The spindle of a vane.
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Origin of spindle
- Middle English spindel alteration of Old English spinel (s)pen- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English spindle, spyndel, spyndylle, from Old English spindle, spindel, alteration of earlier spinel, spinil, spinl (“spindle"), from Proto-Germanic *spinnilÅ (“spindle"), equivalent to spin +"Ž -le. Cognate with Scots spindil, spinnell (“spindle"), Dutch spil ("spindle"; < Middle Dutch spille, spinle), German Spindel (“spindle"), Danish spindel (“spindle"), Swedish spindel (“spindle").