Origin of spindle

before 900; Middle English spindel (noun), Old English spin(e)l; see spin, -le; cognate with German Spindel
Related formsspin·dle·like, adjectivemul·ti·spin·dled, adjective

Regional variation note

15. See dragonfly.
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British Dictionary definitions for spindle

spindle

/ (ˈspɪndəl) /

noun

verb

(tr) to form into a spindle or equip with spindles
(intr) rare (of a plant, stem, shoot, etc) to grow rapidly and become elongated and thin

Word Origin for spindle

Old English spinel; related to spinnan to spin, Old Saxon spinnila spindle, Old High German spinnala
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Word Origin and History for spindle

spindle


n.

Old English spinel, properly "an instrument for spinning," from stem of spinnan (see spin (v.)), with intrusive -d-. Related to Old Saxon spinnila, Old Frisian spindel, Old High German spinnila, German Spindel. As a type of something slender, it is attested from 1570s.

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Medicine definitions for spindle

spindle

[ spĭndl ]

n.

A fusiform structure, usually composed of microtubules.
Mitotic spindle.
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Science definitions for spindle

spindle

[ spĭndl ]

A network of protein fibers that forms in the cytoplasm of a cell during cell division. The spindle grows forth from the centrosomes and attaches to the chromosomes after the latter have been duplicated, and the nuclear membrane dissolves. Once attached, the spindle fibers contract, pulling the duplicate chromosomes apart to opposite poles of the dividing cell. See more at meiosis mitosis.
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