• IPA: /ˈspɪndəl/

spindle (plural spindles)

  1. (spinning) A rod used for spinning and then winding natural fibres (especially wool), usually consisting of a shaft and a circular whorl positioned at either the upper or lower end of the shaft when suspended vertically from the forming thread.
  2. A rod which turns, or on which something turns.
    the spindle of a vane
  3. A rotary axis of a machine tool or power tool.
  4. Certain of the species of the genus Euonymus, originally used for making the spindles used for spinning wool.
  5. An upright spike for holding paper documents by skewering.
  6. The fusee of a watch.
  7. A long and slender stalk resembling a spindle.
  8. A yarn measure containing, in cotton yarn, 15,120 yards; in linen yarn, 14,400 yards.
  9. (geometry) A solid generated by the revolution of a curved line about its base or double ordinate or chord.
  10. Any marine univalve shell of the genus Tibia; a spindle stromb.
  11. Any marine gastropod with a spindle-shaped shell formerly in one of the three invalid genera called Fusus.
  12. (biology) A cytoskeletal structure formed during mitosis
  13. (coastal New Jersey) a dragonfly, calque of Swedish slända (dragonfly/spindle), introduced by New Sweden settlers.
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  • German: Spindel
  • Russian: шпи́ндель
Translations Verb

spindle (spindles, present participle spindling; past and past participle spindled)

  1. (transitive) To make into a long tapered shape.
  2. (intransitive) To take on a long tapered shape.
  3. (transitive) To impale on a device for holding paper documents.
    Do not fold, spindle or mutilate this document.

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