- 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 word dating back to 1375–1425
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Examples from the Web for spinning wheel
Only with her spinning-wheel can she keep the wolf from the cabin door.Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times
Charles Carleton Coffin
I want to go back to my spinning-wheel and I nearly tried it to-day.Heidi
When you were younger I made you a present of a spinning-wheel; later I sent you finery.True to His Home
I had nobody to love, nobody who loved me, so I got to loving my spinning-wheel and my own thoughts.Helen and Arthur
Caroline Lee Hentz
Why, one day he was fain to have me and my spinning-wheel aside him.
- a wheel-like machine for spinning at home, having one hand- or foot-operated spindle
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