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spinning jenny

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noun
  1. an early spinning machine having more than one spindle, enabling a person to spin a number of yarns simultaneously.

Origin of spinning jenny

First recorded in 1775–85
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  • Only the year before Hargreaves obtained his patent for the spinning-jenny.

    James Watt

    Andrew Carnegie

  • Poetry is one man's Jack-o'lantern, and a spinning-jenny is another's.

  • He had been advanced in the factory from a ‘piecer’ to the spinning-jenny.

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    Hezekiah Butterworth

  • If a spinning-jenny be wealth, the spinner's skill is also wealth.

  • To Hargreaves, inventing the spinning-jenny, a mob and a flight from Lancashire, a wrecked machine and a sacked house!


British Dictionary definitions for spinning jenny

spinning jenny

noun
  1. an early type of spinning frame with several spindles, invented by James Hargreaves in 1764

Word Origin

C18: see jenny; the reason for the adoption of the woman's name is unclear
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