Definition of spinning wheel in US English:

spinning wheel


  • An apparatus for spinning yarn or thread, with a spindle driven by a wheel attached to a crank or treadle.

    • ‘The floor was littered with baskets of differently-colored yarn and thread, and a few spinning wheels stood near the far end of the chamber.’
    • ‘One was carding wool, one was spinning it onto a spinning wheel, and the last one sat with her scissors, waiting for the right moment to snip the growing skein of wool.’
    • ‘‘I started experimenting,’ said Therese, whose Asby home bursts with the fruits of her weaving labours; spinning wheels everywhere and looms left right and centre.’
    • ‘In the climactic scene, Priscilla sits at her spinning wheel with ‘carded wool like a snow drift / Piled at her knee.’’
    • ‘His efforts to resist the use of British cloth led to the resurgence of khadi (homespun cloth) and of course made the spinning wheel symbolic to the Indian independence movement.’
    • ‘Steven Hahn's study of counties in northern Georgia indicates that seven of ten households had spinning wheels and looms, and one in ten heads of free households was an artisan.’
    • ‘Women prepared and preserved food, made medicines, and used spinning wheels, looms, and needles to turn wool and flax into clothing.’
    • ‘The strands of the web twisted tighter and tighter like wool on a spinning wheel, solid enough to reach out and grab.’
    • ‘For example, why not purchase an old fashioned table based sewing machine, or even a spinning wheel?’
    • ‘Entire families worked together, weaving their magic on spinning wheels and looms.’
    • ‘After a few other steps, women put the flax fibers on the spinning wheel, bleached the thread with water and ashes, wove it on a loom and bleached the linen again in the sun.’
    • ‘By the eve of the Revolution, eighty to ninety percent of rural households owned spinning wheels, and almost half owned looms.’
    • ‘The spinning wheel improved the production of yarn, cotton, and thread used for cloth.’
    • ‘Her kittenish character is further emphasized since here she is given a ball of yarn to play with rather than the traditional spinning wheel.’
    • ‘In addition to tallying the nation's inhabitants, the federal census of 1810 counted the spinning wheels, looms, and yards of cloth in its rural households.’
    • ‘I walked through the furrows, looking into hovel windows on either side of me, seeing domestic scenes of medieval peasants working at spinning wheels, weaving, etc.’
    • ‘One parent loaned us her spinning wheel, donated wool and helped me establish a working relationship with The River Farm, a unique fiber company in Virginia.’
    • ‘And other wheel manufacturers have infiltrated the spinning wheel market.’
    • ‘Downstairs were the looms and the spinning wheels, the floor covered in scraps of cloth and piles of wool.’
    • ‘The U.S. government established gristmills and provided cottonseed, spinning wheels, and looms to the Cherokee.’


spinning wheel

/ˈspiniNG ˌ(h)wēl//ˈspɪnɪŋ ˌ(h)wil/