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Dictionary Definition



1 (biology) tiny fibers that are seen in cell division; the fibers radiate from two poles and meet at the equator in the middle; "chromosomes are distributed by spindles in mitosis and meiosis"
2 any of various rotating shafts that serve as axes for larger rotating parts [syn: mandrel, mandril, arbor]
3 a stick or pin used to twist the yarn in spinning

User Contributed Dictionary






  1. (spinning) a distaff, the rod used for spinning and then winding natural fibres, especially wool.
  2. a rod which turns, or on which something turns.
  3. a worldwide tree of the genus Euonymus, originally used for making the spindles used for spinning wool.
  4. an upright spike for holding paper documents by skewering.


rod for winding thread
rod which turns, or on which something turns round


  1. To make into a long tapered shape.
  2. To impale on a device for holding paper documents.
    Do not fold, spindle or mutilate this document.

Extensive Definition

Spindle may refer to:

In technology

  • See also: Axle
  • A spindle is part of an automobile suspension system. It carries the hub for the wheel and attaches to the upper and lower control arms.
  • A spindle is part of a bicycle pedal. It carries the pedal body, and threads into the crank arm.
  • A spindle is the axis on which the platters of a computer hard disk spin. Database performance can be improved by spindling, the action of mounting data files and index files on different hard disks so that contention for read or write resources is diminished.
  • A spindle, also called cakebox, is a type of optical disc packaging - the plastic container in which bulk blank CDs and DVDs are often sold.
  • A spindle in machine tools is the main rotating shaft of the machine. On lathes, it is the heart of the headstock. On milling machines and drill presses, it is the shaft to which the tool is attached (e.g., via a chuck).
  • A segmented spindle is a spindle consisting of discrete elements forming a spindle

In biology


  • A Spindle in furniture design refers to an axially symmetric shaft usually with decoration.
  • Spindle (textiles), a device to spin fibres into thread. It is the root from which other usages derive
  • A spindle is a measure of spun cotton equal to 18 hanks
  • Spindle (stationery), a device for holding paper documents
  • A spindle is a woodworking machine rotating on a vertical axis in which shaped cutters are mounted for cutting mouldings, rebates and similar features in wood. It does (usually on a bigger scale) many of the non-routing jobs done by a modern portable (spindle) router. See also router.
  • Spindle (sculpture) a 40-foot sculpture made from cars in Berwyn, Illinois.
  • Spindle (sleep) a burst in the brain activity during sleeping
spindle in German: Spindel
spindle in Spanish: Huso
spindle in Esperanto: Spindelo
spindle in Ido: Spindelo
spindle in Simple English: Spindle

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

arbor, axis, axle, axle bar, axle shaft, axle spindle, axle-tree, distaff, fulcrum, gimbal, gudgeon, hinge, hingle, hub, mandrel, nave, oarlock, pin, pintle, pivot, pole, radiant, rowlock, swivel, trunnion
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