a rounded rod, usually of wood, tapering toward each end, used in hand-spinning to twist into thread the fibers drawn from the mass on the distaff, and on which the thread is wound as it is spun.
the rod on a spinning wheel by which the thread is twisted and on which it is wound.
one of the rods of a spinning machine that bear the bobbins on which the spun thread is wound.
any rod or pin suggestive of a spindle used in spinning, as one that turns around or on which something turns; an axle, axis, or shaft.
a vertical shaft that serves to center a phonograph record on a turntable.
either of two shafts or arbors that support the work on a lathe, one (live spindle) on the headstock, rotating with and imparting motion to the work, the other (dead spindle) on the tailstock, motionless.
a small axis, arbor, or mandrel.
an iron rod or the like, usually with a ball or cage at the top, fixed to a rock, sunken reef, etc., to serve as a guide in navigation.
a measure of yarn, containing, for cotton, 15,120 yards (13,825 meters), and for linen, 14,400 yards (13,267 meters).
Cell Biology. a spindle-shaped structure, composed of microtubules, that forms near the cell nucleus during mitosis or meiosis and, as it divides, draws the chromosomes to opposite poles of the cell.
a short, turned or circular ornament, as in a baluster or stair rail.
Eastern New England. a tassel on an ear of corn.
Chiefly New Jersey and Delaware Valley. dragonfly.