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1    a rod or stick that has a notch in the top, used to draw out natural fibres for spinning into thread, and a long narrow body around which the thread is wound when spun  
2    one of the thin rods or pins bearing bobbins upon which spun thread is wound in a spinning wheel or machine  
3    any of various parts in the form of a rod, esp. a rotating rod that acts as an axle, mandrel, or arbor  
4    a piece of wood that has been turned, such as a baluster or table leg  
5    a small square metal shaft that passes through the lock of a door and to which the door knobs or handles are fixed  
6    a measure of length of yarn equal to 18 hanks (15120 yards) for cotton or 14400 yards for linen  
7      (Biology)   a spindle-shaped structure formed from microtubules during mitosis or meiosis which draws the duplicated chromosomes apart as the cell divides  
8       a less common name for a       hydrometer  
9    a tall pole with a marker at the top, fixed to an underwater obstruction as an aid to navigation  
10    a device consisting of a sharp upright spike on a pedestal on which bills, order forms, etc., are impaled  
11    tr   to form into a spindle or equip with spindles  
12    intr  
Rare   (of a plant, stem, shoot, etc.) to grow rapidly and become elongated and thin  
     (Old English spinel; related to spinnan to spin, Old Saxon spinnila spindle, Old High German spinnala)  

spindle-legged   , spindle-shanked  
      adj   having long thin legs  
spindle tree  
      n   any of various shrubs or trees of the genus Euonymus, esp. E. europaeus, of Europe and W Asia, typically having red fruits and yielding a hard wood formerly used in making spindles: family Celastraceae  
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