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[ahrk-rahyt] /ˈɑrkˌraɪt/
a maker of chests, boxes, or coffers.
Origin of arkwright


[ahrk-rahyt] /ˈɑrkˌraɪt/
Sir Richard, 1732–92, English inventor of the spinning jenny. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He was, like arkwright, the youngest of a family of thirteen children.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • He—arkwright—was a good-natured, tender-hearted lad, devoted to Adelaide.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • Of course arkwright, as is well known, was the opposite of this.

    The Story of the Cotton Plant Frederick Wilkinson
  • Finally arkwright supplied this lack in water-twist or "throstle-spun" yarn.

    Home Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • Yet not to be beaten, arkwright altered his sign to "A clean shave for a halfpenny."

    An Australian Lassie Lilian Turner
  • arkwright combined the talents of an inventor with those of a man of business.

  • Ark was once a general name for a bin, hence the name arkwright.

  • But she was stronger when she reached her own door than she had been at Mrs. arkwright's.

    Orley Farm

    Anthony Trollope
  • Nor would arkwright know his water frame could he see what has happened to it.

    Carl and the Cotton Gin

    Sara Ware Bassett
  • But Mrs. arkwright was not a person to be put off in this way.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
British Dictionary definitions for arkwright


Sir Richard. 1732–92, English cotton manufacturer: inventor of the spinning frame (1769) which produced cotton thread strong enough to be used as a warp
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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