Definition of spindle

1. 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. A worldwide tree 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. 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 Rostellaria; a spindle stromb.
11. Any marine gastropod of the genus Fusus.
12. To make into a long tapered shape.
13. To impale on a device for holding paper documents.
Do not fold, spindle or mutilate this document.
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"What is it that thing that rattles round so merrily?" continued the girl; and she went to grab the spindle and put it to spinning.
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However, no sooner had she touched the spindle when the spell’s decree was fulfilled: she pricked a finger with it.
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The King, who wanted his beloved daughter to avoid any possible kind of misfortune, gave the orders that all the spindles in the kingdom be burnt.
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A few spindles and arms managed to hold together, jerking madly as they spun away from the whirling, slowing confusion.
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He reached out and set the trim weights on a spindle at the central axis of the ship.
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Most laptops are two-spindle systems.
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Such a spheroid collapses to form a thin "thread" or "spindle".
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The spindle motor (8) moves over the round support (7) and processes the side and bottom surfaces of the product (10).
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The tray 30 may be equipped with a spindle motor 31 and a pick-up base 33.
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When an optical disk 10 is set on the turntable 32, the spindle motor 31 may start to rotate the optical disk 10.
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