Definitions of spindle

  1. To shoot or grow on a long slender stalk or body.
  2. Among gardeners, to put forth a long and slender stalk.
  3. a stick or pin used to twist the yarn in spinning
  4. The long, round, slender rod or pin in spinning wheels by which the thread is twisted, and on which, when twisted, it is wound; also, the pin on which the bobbin is held in a spinning machine, or in the shuttle of a loom.
  5. A slender rod or pin on which anything turns; an axis; as, the spindle of a vane.
  6. The shaft, mandrel, or arbor, in a machine tool, as a lathe or drilling machine, etc., which causes the work to revolve, or carries a tool or center, etc.
  7. The vertical rod on which the runner of a grinding mill turns.
  8. A shaft or pipe on which a core of sand is formed.
  9. The fusee of a watch.
  10. A long and slender stalk resembling a spindle.
  11. A yarn measure containing, in cotton yarn, 15, 120 yards; in linen yarn, 14, 400 yards.
  12. A solid generated by the revolution of a curved line about its base or double ordinate or chord.
  13. Any marine univalve shell of the genus Rostellaria; -- called also spindle stromb.
  14. Any marine gastropod of the genus Fusus.
  15. To shoot or grow into a long, slender stalk or body; to become disproportionately tall and slender.
  16. In a spinning wheel or machine, the long, thin rod used for twisting and winding the thread; in spinning by hand, a round stick tapering at each end, on which the thread is twisted and held; a rod or pin on which anything turns.
  17. The pin from which the thread is spun or twisted: a pin on which anything turns: the fusee of a watch.
  18. Pin on which thread is wound as it is spun, or on which it is formed; pin on which anything turns.
  19. A pin used in spinning for twisting the thread, on which when twisted it is wound; a slender- pointed rod or pin on which anything turns; any long, slender thing.
  20. A structure resembling a spinning- machine spindle ; an elongated peduncle bearing sessile flowers ; a spindle- shaped structure formed of achromatin fibres during mitosis.