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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 was leaning a little over the table and her eyes were fixed with humorous intentness upon the spinning wheel.

    Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • You're not going to have my spinning wheel for your old steamboat!

  • Another illustration is taken from a sketch of a spinning wheel in the Hull Museum (see Fig. 73).

    Chats on Household Curios Fred W. Burgess
  • Behind her sat her granddaughter, busy too with her spinning wheel.

    Tom Strong, Lincoln's Scout Alfred Bishop Mason
  • I do not wish to suggest, that the author of the Divine Song had the spinning wheel in mind.

    The Wheel of Fortune Mahatma Gandhi
  • They are the stick in the spinning wheel of the modern marketplace.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • He had caught up her spinning wheel and she was clutching her bundle and the other blue vase.

    The Pioneers Katharine Susannah Prichard
  • I can only think of India's Kamadhenu, and the spinning wheel is that for India.

    The Wheel of Fortune Mahatma Gandhi
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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