spindle
I. noun Etymology: Middle English spindel, from Old English spinel; akin to Old English spinnan to spin Date: 12th century 1. a. a round stick with tapered ends used to form and twist the yarn in hand spinning b. the long slender pin by which the thread is twisted in a spinning wheel c. any of various rods or pins holding a bobbin in a textile machine (as a spinning frame) d. the pin in a loom shuttle e. a device usually consisting of a long upright pin in a base on which papers can be stuck for filing — called also spindle file 2. something shaped like a spindle: as a. a spindle-shaped network of chiefly microtubular fibers along which the chromosomes are distributed during mitosis and meiosis b. muscle spindle 3. a. the bar or shaft usually of square section that carries the knobs and actuates the latch or bolt of a lock b. (1) a turned often decorative piece (as in a baluster) (2) newel c. (1) a revolving piece especially when thinner than a shaft (2) a horizontal or vertical axle revolving on pin or pivot ends d. the part of an axle on which a vehicle wheel turns II. verb (spindled; spindling) Date: 1577 intransitive verb 1. to shoot or grow into a long slender stalk 2. to grow to stalk or stem rather than to flower or fruit transitive verb 1. to impale, thrust, or perforate on the spike of a spindle file 2. to make or equip (as a piece of furniture) with spindles • spindler noun

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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

  • 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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