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mule spinning

  1. a process of spinning that produces extremely fine yarn by drawing and twisting the roving, and winding the resultant yarn onto a bobbin or spindle in the form of a cop.
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Compare ring spinning.

Origin of mule spinning

First recorded in 1815–25
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples

  • For awhile he worked as back boy in the mule-spinning department.

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  • From here he was transferred to the mule-spinning department.

  • Again most of the operatives are not of a kind likely to acquire great excellence at mule-spinning.

  • In the Lancashire cotton trade a peculiarly complicated instance of the woman question occurs in mule-spinning.