[ spind-ling ]
/ ˈspɪnd lɪŋ /


long or tall and slender, often disproportionately so.
growing into a long, slender stalk or stem, often too slender or weak to remain upright.


a spindling person or thing.

Origin of spindling

First recorded in 1740–50; spindle + -ing2, -ing1

Definition for spindling (2 of 2)

Origin of spindle

before 900; Middle English spindel (noun), Old English spin(e)l; see spin, -le; cognate with German Spindel


spin·dle·like, adjectivemul·ti·spin·dled, adjective

regional variation note for spindle

15. See dragonfly.
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British Dictionary definitions for spindling (1 of 2)

/ (ˈspɪndlɪŋ) /


long and slender, esp disproportionately so
(of stalks, shoots, etc) becoming long and slender


a spindling person or thing

British Dictionary definitions for spindling (2 of 2)

/ (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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Medical definitions for spindling

[ spĭndl ]


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

[ 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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