Definition of spinning jenny in English:

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spinning jenny

Pronunciation: /spɪnɪŋˈdʒɛni/


A machine for spinning with more than one spindle at a time, patented by James Hargreaves in 1770.
Example sentences
  • This was used to measure the highest and lowest cylinder pressures to estimate how much power would be needed for particular machines such as a group of spinning jennies.
  • Bury's John Kay, who invented the flying shuttle, and Blackburn's James Hargreaves, the inventor of the spinning jenny, will also be featured.
  • Although the spinning jenny and water frame managed to increase the productive capacity of the cotton industry, the real breakthrough came with developments in steam power.

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