Noun: spindle spin-d(u)l
- (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"
- A piece of wood that has been turned on a lathe; used as a baluster, chair leg, etc.
- Any of various rotating shafts that serve as axes for larger rotating parts
- mandrel, mandril, arbor [N. Amer, Austral], arbour [Brit, Cdn]
- A stick or pin used to twist the yarn in spinning
- Any holding device consisting of a rigid, sharp-pointed object
"the spindle pierced the receipts and held them in order";
Derived forms: spindles
Type of: fiber [US], fibre [Brit, Cdn], holding device, piece, rotating shaft, shaft, stick
Part of: drive, spinning frame, spinning wheel
Encyclopedia: Spindle, Shuttle, and Needle