Along the way, a succession of other rapacious characters flock to the spindle Gallery.
After some days the ogre told him again to put out his finger, and Thirteenth stuck out a spindle.
Soon after the queen again sent to say that she wanted to buy the spindle.
Beside Madame de la Chanterie was an ancient table with spindle legs, on which lay her balls of worsted in a wicker basket.
I can hear the dreary buz-z-z-z of the spindle as she feeds it with the fleecy ropes.
But ever look to a man's inches ere you talk of switching—why, thine arm, man, is but like a spindle compared to mine.
She lays her hand to the spokes again and the roar of the spindle drowns her voice.
It is placed on the spindle threads against the nut, and held there with another nut and washer on the end of the spindle.
After a while he comes to a woman who is spinning and drops her spindle.
Then he carefully lifted up the cover of the trap, and made a rattling in the back part of it with the spindle.
Old English spinel, properly "an instrument for spinning," from stem of spinnan (see spin (v.)), with intrusive -d-. Related to Old Saxon spinnila, Old Frisian spindel, Old High German spinnila, German Spindel. As a type of something slender, it is attested from 1570s.
spindle spin·dle (spĭn'dl)
A fusiform structure, usually composed of microtubules.
A network of protein fibers that forms in the cytoplasm of a cell during cell division. The spindle grows forth from the centrosomes and attaches to the chromosomes after the latter have been duplicated, and the nuclear membrane dissolves. Once attached, the spindle fibers contract, pulling the duplicate chromosomes apart to opposite poles of the dividing cell. See more at meiosis, mitosis.