Nearby words

  1. spinal root,
  2. spinal tap,
  3. spinal vein,
  4. spinally,
  5. spinate,
  6. spindle cell,
  7. spindle cell carcinoma,
  8. spindle cell lipoma,
  9. spindle fiber,
  10. spindle file

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for spindled

  • The chair legs were spindled out as long as stilts, and the boy set perched atop of them, like a cloud, in the corner of the roof.

    The Merry Men|Robert Louis Stevenson
  • And finally there was a conjugal kiss on the spindled porch.

  • Here and there, it seemed, a humped or spindled form held against all comers its passive place.

    The Return|Walter de la Mare
  • It spindled away into nothing, as a streak of dust would which has been blown across an empty room.

    A Desert Drama|A. Conan Doyle

British Dictionary definitions for spindled


/ (ˈspɪndəl) /



(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 spindled



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 spindled


[ spĭndl ]


A fusiform structure, usually composed of microtubules.
Mitotic spindle.

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Science definitions for spindled


[ 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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