spindle


spindle
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 pulled from the material on the distaff, and notched at one end so as to hold the thread: see DISTAFF
b) on a spinning wheel, the rod by which the thread is twisted and on which it is then wound
c) in a spinning machine, any of the rods holding the bobbins on which the spun thread is wound
2. a measure for yarn, equal to 14,400 yards in linen or 15,120 yards in cotton
3. the spindle-shaped bundle of nuclear fibers formed during one stage of mitosis
4. a short turned piece or decorative rod, as in a baluster, the back of some chairs, etc.
5. any rod, pin, or shaft that revolves or serves as an axis for a revolving part, as an axle, arbor, or mandrel
6. in a lathe, a shaftlike part (live spindle) that rotates while holding the thing to be turned, or a similar part (dead spindle) that does not rotate
7. the small, square shaft passing through a door lock, to which the doorknobs are attached
8. a metal spike on a base, on which papers are impaled for temporary filing: also spindle file
9. HYDROMETER
10. 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
adj.
of or like a spindle or spindles
vi.
spindled, spindling
1. to grow in a long, slender shape
2. to grow into a long, slender stalk or stem
vt.
1. to form into a spindle
2. to fit or equip with a spindle
3. to impale (papers, etc.) on a SPINDLE (sense 8)

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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 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

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  • 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