One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(Chiefly Textiles and Spinning) a rotating cylinder on to which a fibre, textile, or sheet material is taken off at the end of a stage in its manufacturing process; specifically (especially in early use) one that removes aligned fibre from the doffer of a carding machine.
2Aeronautics the first part of the take-off run of an aeroplane, during which its wheels are in contact with the ground.
Mid 19th century.
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