Dictionary Results for spindle

1. spindle - noun

· (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"

Hypernym(s): fiber, fibre

2. spindle - noun

· a piece of wood that has been turned on a lathe; used as a baluster, chair leg, etc.

Hypernym(s): piece

3. spindle - noun

· any of various rotating shafts that serve as axes for larger rotating parts

Synonym(s): mandrel, mandril, arbor

Hypernym(s): rotating_shaft, shaft

4. spindle - noun

· a stick or pin used to twist the yarn in spinning

Hypernym(s): stick

5. spindle - noun

· any holding device consisting of a rigid, sharp-pointed object; "the spike pierced the receipts and held them in order"

Synonym(s): spike

Hypernym(s): holding_device

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