Found 2 items, similar to Spindle.
English → English
n 1: (biology) tiny fibers that are seen in cell division; the
fibers radiate from two poles and meet at the equator in
the middle; “chromosomes are distributed by spindles in
mitosis and meiosis”
2: any of various rotating shafts that serve as axes for larger
rotating parts [syn: mandrel
3: a stick or pin used to twist the yarn in spinning
English → English
, n. [AS. spinal, fr. spinnan to spin; akin to
D. spil, G. spille, spindel, OHG. spinnala. [root]170. See
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.
2. A slender rod or pin on which anything turns; an axis; as,
the spindle of a vane. Specifically:
(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
(b) (Mach.) The vertical rod on which the runner of a
grinding mill turns.
(c) (Founding) A shaft or pipe on which a core of sand is
3. The fusee of a watch.
4. A long and slender stalk resembling a spindle.
5. A yarn measure containing, in cotton yarn, 15,120 yards;
in linen yarn, 14,400 yards.
6. (Geom.) A solid generated by the revolution of a curved
line about its base or double ordinate or chord.
(a) Any marine univalve shell of the genus Rostellaria
-- called also spindle stromb
(b) Any marine gastropod of the genus Fusus
(Mach.), a spindle in a machine tool that does
not revolve; the spindle of the tailstock of a lathe.
(Mach.), the revolving spindle of a machine
tool; the spindle of the headstock of a turning lathe.
. (Zo["o]l.) See Spindle
, 7. above.
, 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.”
(Bot.), any shrub or tree of the genus
. The wood of E. Europ[ae]us
was used for
spindles and skewers. See Prickwood
, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Spindled
; p. pr. & vb.
To shoot or grow into a long, slender stalk or body; to
become disproportionately tall and slender.
It has begun to spindle into overintellectuality.