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spindle-shaped

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj spindle-shaped tapering at each end
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Spindle-shaped Having the shape of a spindle.
    • Spindle-shaped (Bot) Thickest in the middle, and tapering to both ends; fusiform; -- applied chiefly to roots.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • spindle-shaped Circular in cross-section and tapering from the middle to each end; fusiform; formed like a spindle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Spindle-shaped shaped like a spindle: thickest in the middle and tapering to both ends
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. spinlspinnan, to spin; Ger. spindel.

Usage

In literature:

The tail spindle is given an arrow-head shape, the vanes being utilised to steady the downward flight of the missile.
"Aeroplanes and Dirigibles of War" by Frederick A. Talbot
The machine was as I have said spindle-shaped.
"The Master of the World" by Jules Verne
In the same instant, out of the cauldron sea, an enormous cigar-shaped object was flung end-over-end, as a child flings a spindle.
"The Cruise of the Dry Dock" by T. S. Stribling
Some are long and spindle-shaped, others thin and broad, while still others form rings.
"A Practical Physiology" by Albert F. Blaisdell
Spindle-shaped root of Radish.
"Outlines of Lessons in Botany, Part I; From Seed to Leaf" by Jane H. Newell
Vases that can hold a large quantity of water are to be preferred to the spindle-shaped trumpets that are often used.
"The Girl's Own Paper, Vol. VIII, No. 354, October 9, 1886" by Various
It was spindle-shaped, with a capacity of 87,000 cubic feet, and a length of 144 feet.
"The War in the Air; Vol. 1" by Walter Raleigh
This is spindle-shaped, and large telescopes show that it consists of three nebulae.
"Pleasures of the telescope" by Garrett Serviss
First maturation spindle in metaphase, chromosomes in single and double diamond shapes.
"Studies in Spermatogenesis (Part 1 of 2)" by Nettie Maria Stevens
The body is distinctly spindle-shaped.
"Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises of the Western North Atlantic" by Stephen Leatherwood
In the frog, for instance, many are spindle-shaped and contain a nucleus-like structure.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 1" by Various
D. Spindle-shaped cell in stratum zonale.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 4" by Various
Stigma spindle-shaped; three-cleft after fertilization.
"The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits" by Mary Elizabeth Parsons
In this fibrous reticulum are many spindle-shaped and a few rounded cells.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various
Pistils 3, spindle-shaped, tipped with a radiate many-cleft stigma.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray
This winged form merely lays the egg from which hatches out the soft, spindle-shaped young with jaws like pincers.
"Book of Monsters" by David Fairchild and Marian Hubbard (Bell) Fairchild
The exact shape varies greatly from the typical spindle shape with variations in the mode of life; e.g.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 3" by Various
It is of the common shape of the European prehistoric spindle-whorl.
"The Swastika" by Thomas Wilson
They are egg-or spindle-shaped, supplied with compressed air, able to sink and rise by rearrangement of water-ballast.
"The Romance of Modern Invention" by Archibald Williams
It is composed of small spindle-shaped cells several rows deep.
"The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume 1" by Francis Maitland Balfour
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In poetry:

Gerd sits spindle-shaped in her dark tent,
Lean face gone tawn with seasons,
Skin worn down to the knucklebones
At her tough trade; without time's taint
The burnished ball hangs fire in her hands, a lens
Fusing time's three horizons.
"Crystal Gazer" by Sylvia Plath