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spindle British & World English

A slender rounded rod with tapered ends used in hand spinning to twist and wind thread from a mass of wool or flax held on a distaff

spindle-back British & World English

(Of a chair) with a back consisting of framed cylindrical bars

spindle cell British & World English

A narrow, elongated cell indicating the presence of a type of sarcoma

spindle shell British & World English

A predatory marine mollusc which has a shell that forms a long slender spiral with a narrow canal extending downwards from the aperture

spindle whorl British & World English

A whorl or small pulley used to weight a spindle

spindle-shaped British & World English

Having a circular cross section and tapering towards each end

spindle tree in spindle British & World English

A Eurasian shrub or small tree with slender toothed leaves and pink capsules containing bright orange seeds. Its hard timber was formerly used for making spindles