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spinning wheel

a device formerly used for spinning wool, flax, etc., into yarn or thread, consisting essentially of a single spindle driven by a large wheel operated by hand or foot.
Origin of spinning wheel
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Van Dorn looked on and saw a spinning-wheel come out of the door, and a little wool in a bag after it.

    The Entailed Hat George Alfred Townsend
  • When you were younger I made you a present of a spinning-wheel; later I sent you finery.

    True to His Home Hezekiah Butterworth
  • I pray you will purchase some, and order a loom and spinning-wheel to be made for them, and set them to work.

    Home Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • Only with her spinning-wheel can she keep the wolf from the cabin door.

  • I love thee as I hate my husband, and see, if thou wilt not do this, I will break my spinning-wheel before thee.'

  • I want to go back to my spinning-wheel and I nearly tried it to-day.

    Heidi Johanna Spyri
  • Why, one day he was fain to have me and my spinning-wheel aside him.

  • Instead of a chiffonier there was a neat chest of drawers, and instead of a piano a spinning-wheel.

    Cats W. Gordon Stables
  • The hand-loom begins to rap in waltz time, accompanied by the bobbin, the reel, and the spinning-wheel.

  • Such a transformation can come only after the complete success of the spinning-wheel.

    The Wheel of Fortune Mahatma Gandhi
British Dictionary definitions for spinning-wheel

spinning wheel

a wheel-like machine for spinning at home, having one hand- or foot-operated spindle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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