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spinning mule

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noun
  1. mule1(def 7).
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Origin of spinning mule

First recorded in 1835–45
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  • In 1779 Samuel Crompton, another Lancashire inventor, produced an improved spinning machine called the spinning-mule.

    Great Inventions and Discoveries

    Willis Duff Piercy

  • In 1779 Samuel Crompton invented a still better machine, the spinning-mule.

  • The spinning-mule, invented by Samuel Crompton, carried the mechanism of the cotton-factory many steps in advance.

    Knowledge is Power:

    Charles Knight


British Dictionary definitions for spinning mule

spinning mule

noun
  1. textiles See mule 1 (def. 3)
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