Definition of Spindle

1. Noun. (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"

Category relationships: Biological Science, Biology
Generic synonyms: Fiber, Fibre

2. Noun. A piece of wood that has been turned on a lathe; used as a baluster, chair leg, etc..
Generic synonyms: Piece
Terms within: Wood

3. Noun. Any of various rotating shafts that serve as axes for larger rotating parts.
Exact synonyms: Arbor, Mandrel, Mandril
Group relationships: Drive
Generic synonyms: Rotating Shaft, Shaft

4. Noun. A stick or pin used to twist the yarn in spinning.
Group relationships: Spinning Frame, Spinning Wheel
Generic synonyms: Stick

5. Noun. Any holding device consisting of a rigid, sharp-pointed object. "The spike pierced the receipts and held them in order"
Exact synonyms: Spike
Generic synonyms: Holding Device
Derivative terms: Spike

Definition of Spindle

1. n. 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. v. i. To shoot or grow into a long, slender stalk or body; to become disproportionately tall and slender.

Definition of Spindle

1. Noun. (context: 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. ¹

2. Noun. A rod which turns, or on which something turns. ¹

3. Noun. A rotary axis of a machine tool or power tool. ¹

4. Noun. A worldwide tree of the genus ''Euonymus'', originally used for making the spindles used for spinning wool. ¹

5. Noun. An upright spike for holding paper documents by skewering. ¹

6. Verb. To make into a long tapered shape. ¹

7. Verb. To impale on a device for holding paper documents. ¹

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Definition of Spindle

1. to impale on a slender rod [v -DLED, -DLING, -DLES]

Medical Definition of Spindle

1. See: mitosis, spindle fibre. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Spindle

spinal vein
spinal veins
spinalis capitis muscle
spinalis cervicis muscle
spinalis muscle
spinalis thoracis
spindle (current term)
spindle-celled layer
spindle-shaped muscle
spindle-tree family
spindle cataract
spindle cell
spindle cell carcinoma
spindle cell lipoma
spindle cell nevus
spindle cell sarcoma
spindle fibre
spindle horn

Literary usage of Spindle

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Biological Bulletin by Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, Mass.) (1912)
"In the uterine eggs of several species of turbellarians there appears a large conspicuous spindle to which the name "uterine spindle" is applied. ..."

2. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1904)
"_ cones arranged themselves side by side in two sets to form the spindle of ... Tne spindle is then from the outset multipolar, and even though some of the ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"An examination of the figure will indicate that the centrosome plays an essential role in the division of the nucleus, since it gives rise to the spindle ..."

4. The Maturation of the Egg of the Mouse by Joseph Abraham Long, Edward Laurens Mark (1911)
"SECOND spindle. CHROMATIN. It was Tafani (1889, p. 23) who first announced that in the greater number of cases in mice only a single polar cell is formed. ..."

5. Microscopical Morphology of the Animal Body in Health and Disease by Carl Heitzmann (1882)
"The sub-varieties of spindle-myeloma are: (a) spindle-myeloma, ... (b) spindle-myeloma, composed of small plastids, either interlacing or taking an ..."

6. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1890)
"The primitive spinning implement consists of a spindle, a rod of wood, usually from ... At the upper extremity there Primitive spindle. is usually a notch, ..."

7. Machinery (1900)
"To determine if the centre bearing in the live spindle is axially tme with its spindle: Turn up, on accurately ground centres, the test bar shown in Fig. ..."

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