Spindle side
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 wound; also, the pin on which the bobbin is held in a spinning machine, or in the shuttle of a loom. [1913 Webster]

2. A slender rod or pin on which anything turns; an axis; as, the spindle of a vane. Specifically: [1913 Webster] (a) (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. [1913 Webster] (b) (Mach.) The vertical rod on which the runner of a grinding mill turns. [1913 Webster] (c) (Founding) A shaft or pipe on which a core of sand is formed. [1913 Webster]

3. The fusee of a watch. [1913 Webster]

4. A long and slender stalk resembling a spindle. [1913 Webster]

5. A yarn measure containing, in cotton yarn, 15,120 yards; in linen yarn, 14,400 yards. [1913 Webster]

6. (Geom.) A solid generated by the revolution of a curved line about its base or double ordinate or chord. [1913 Webster]

7. (Zo["o]l.) (a) Any marine univalve shell of the genus {Rostellaria}; -- called also {spindle stromb}. (b) Any marine gastropod of the genus {Fusus}. [1913 Webster]

{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}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Spindle}, 7. above.

{Spindle side}, the female side in descent; in the female line; opposed to {spear side}. --Ld. Lytton. [R.] ``King Lycaon, grandson, by the spindle side, of Oceanus.'' --Lowell.

{Spindle tree} (Bot.), any shrub or tree of the genus {Eunymus}. The wood of {E. Europ[ae]us} was used for spindles and skewers. See {Prickwood}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • spindle side — the female side or line of descent of a family; distaff side (opposed to spear side). [1850 55] * * * spindle side noun The female side or line of descent, distaff side, opp to spear side • • • Main Entry: ↑spindle * * * spindle side, the female… …   Useful english dictionary

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  • spindle side — the female side or line of descent of a family; distaff side (opposed to spear side). [1850 55] * * * …   Universalium

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  • 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 shell — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spindle stromb — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spindle tree — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spindle — n. & v. n. 1 a a pin in a spinning wheel used for twisting and winding the thread. b a small bar with tapered ends used for the same purpose in hand spinning. c a pin bearing the bobbin of a spinning machine. 2 a pin or axis that revolves or on… …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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… …   Universalium

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