A spindle is a narrow wooden rod that's used when spinning wool. If your aunt has a spinning wheel for making yarn from the wool of her sheep, it must have a spindle on it for twisting the fibers.

The noun spindle can be used to talk about a number of different forms of wooden rod or dowel, particularly if they turn or spin. A yarn spinner's spindle is one kind — another is a chair leg or a banister rail that was made from being turned on a lathe. In fact, spindle and spin share a common root word, the Old English spinnan, "draw out and twist fibers into a thread."

Definitions of spindle

n a stick or pin used to twist the yarn in spinning

Type of:
an implement consisting of a length of wood

n any of various rotating shafts that serve as axes for larger rotating parts

arbor, mandrel, mandril
Type of:
rotating shaft, shaft
a revolving rod that transmits power or motion

n any holding device consisting of a rigid, sharp-pointed object

Type of:
holding device
a device for holding something

n a piece of wood that has been turned on a lathe; used as a baluster, chair leg, etc.

Type of:
a separate part of a whole

n (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”
Type of:
fiber, fibre
a slender and greatly elongated substance capable of being spun into yarn

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