spinning wheel

Definitions

  • A Spinning Wheel
    A Spinning Wheel
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n spinning wheel a small domestic spinning machine with a single spindle that is driven by hand or foot
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Spinning wheel a machine for spinning yarn or thread, in which a wheel drives a single spindle, and is itself driven by the hand, or by the foot acting on a treadle.
    • Spinning wheel See under Bevel Brake, etc.
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Usage

In literature:

Yet there was nothing to be scared at; merely the figure of an elderly woman in black bent over her spinning-wheel there in the dim light.
"Two Sides of the Face" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
My second sister Mary and sister Elvira both could spin on the large wheel, but did not learn to weave.
"Charles Carleton Coffin" by William Elliot Griffis
The three little wheels went spinning.
"Jubilation, U.S.A." by G. L. Vandenburg
Pawtucket women named Wilkinson made the first cotton thread on their home spinning-wheels in 1792.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
Near by were three spinning-wheels; upon one was flax and on the two others wool.
"The Land of the Long Night" by Paul du Chaillu
Beside the loom was a spinning wheel.
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
The Metz homestead, erected in the days of home-grown flax and spinning-wheels, was plain and unpretentious.
"Patchwork" by Anna Balmer Myers
I had nobody to love, nobody who loved me, so I got to loving my spinning-wheel and my own thoughts.
"Helen and Arthur" by Caroline Lee Hentz
Darling is a hale, comely old lady, bordering on threescore, and may be found engaged three parts of the day at her spinning wheel.
"Grace Darling" by Eva Hope
Even ours at home keeps up that whirring, spinning-wheel-like sound in the Surrey and Sussex fir-woods.
"Through Forest and Stream" by George Manville Fenn
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In poetry:

A crazy beggar grateful for a meal
Has ever of himself a world to say.
For them he is an ancient wheel
Spinning a knotted thread the livelong day.
"Bellerophon" by George Meredith
My head turns round with the spinning wheel,
And a heavy cloud on my eyes I feel.
But the worst of all is at my heart's core;
For my innocent days will come back no more.
"The Girl's Lamentation" by William Allingham
“My arms are weary at the spinning wheel;
I weave my shroud, too, with my hair of snow.
Ah, would mine eyes could see you once again,
Then close forever, with my heart below!
"The Longing Letter" by Daniel Varoujan
To him who plays the violin
All one it is who joins the reel,
Drops from the dance, or enters in;
So that the never-ending wheel
Cease not its mystic course to spin,
For weal or woe, for woe or weal.
"The Lonely Dancer" by Richard Le Gallienne
"Nay, Ellen, for shame! Let those Yankee fools spin,
Who would pass for our slaves with a change of their skin;
Let them toil as they will at the loom or the wheel
Too stupid for shame and too vulgar to feel!
"The Yankee Girl" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Make me, O Lord, Thy spinning-wheel complete.
Thy holy word my distaff make for me.
Make mine affections Thy swift flyers neat
And make my soul Thy holy spool to be.
My conversation make to be Thy reel
And reel thy yarn thereon spun of Thy wheel.
"Huswifery" by Edward Taylor

In news:

I spend about as much time on the internet ogling different spinning wheels as some men spend on the internet ogling…well, things that aren't spinning wheels.
Children's Spinning Wheel-Metal Necklaces Recalled.
Then spin the Michigan car insurance wheel of fortune.
One hour and $260 later, the Charger 's twenty-inch wheels were spinning smoothly again.
Peggy Bollhorst spins wool from sheep raised on the museum farm using a period-style spinning wheel during the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival.
Spin the Wheel, and Get to Know Your Colleagues.
Lots of wheel-spinning in ' Dead in France'.
The "Wheel of Fortune" wasn't the only thing spinning for Pat Sajak and Vanna White back in the day.
Take your chance at romance and spin this wheel for a sexy adventure.
Lots of wheel-spinning in 'Dead in France '.
Pat Kuhn spins the 'wheel of candy' for eager kids at the Marco Island celebration of 15 years of cityhood with a picnic-style party.
Lots of wheel-spinning in 'Dead in France'.
Offered participants a spin of the prize wheel for their donation to US disaster relief.
With the spheres, the team says they are " reinventing the wheel" because the bike has a new freedom of movement to zig-zag through traffic, park laterally, and even spin in place.
I discovered Speaking Image via my Diigo network this morning and the wheels are spinning.
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In science:

Census reports , telephone directories , spinning wheel [11, 12], automatic electronic roulette , radioactive decay , thermal noise in a semi-conductor device7 etc., were employed to generate large tables of random digits. A table of random numbers is useful if the Monte Carlo calculation is carried out manually.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
Note that this is similar to a roulette where a croupier spins a wheel with 37 pockets in one direction, then spins a ball in the opposite direction around a tilted circular track running around the circumference of the wheel.
Random Numbers in Scientific Computing: An Introduction
The target is constructed as a 1 m diameter wheel spinning at 2000 RPM to smear the 1 ms ILC pulse train over 10 cm. A pulsed flux concentrating magnet is used to increase the positron capture efficiency.
Prototyping of the ILC Baseline Positron Target
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