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spinning wheel

a device formerly used for spinning wool, flax, etc., into yarn or thread, consisting essentially of a single spindle driven by a large wheel operated by hand or foot.
Origin of spinning wheel
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • She loved to spin, and no spider ever spun so fine a thread as she on her spinning wheel.

    Classic Myths Mary Catherine Judd
  • Thank goodness for that, for we were getting drunk on the spinning wheel.

  • The improvement on the distaff and spindle was the spinning wheel.


    William H. Dooley
  • A spinning wheel is just the thing to steer a make-believe steamer with!

  • You're not going to have my spinning wheel for your old steamboat!

  • But a little while after he heard a whirring sound, exactly like a spinning wheel.

    The Fairy Ring Various
  • Behind her sat her granddaughter, busy too with her spinning wheel.

    Tom Strong, Lincoln's Scout Alfred Bishop Mason
  • They are the stick in the spinning wheel of the modern marketplace.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
British Dictionary definitions for spinning wheel

spinning wheel

a wheel-like machine for spinning at home, having one hand- or foot-operated spindle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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