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Rod vs. Spindle

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Rodnoun

A straight, round stick, shaft, bar, cane, or staff.

‘The circus strong man proved his strength by bending an iron rod, and then straightening it.’;

Spindlenoun

(spinning) A rod used for spinning and then winding natural fibres (especially wool), usually consisting of a shaft and a circular whorl positioned at either the upper or lower end of the shaft when suspended vertically from the forming thread.

Rodnoun

A longitudinal pole used for forming part of a framework such as an awning or tent.

Spindlenoun

A rod which turns, or on which something turns.

‘the spindle of a vane’;

Rodnoun

(fishing) A long slender usually tapering pole used for angling; fishing rod.

‘When I hooked a snake and not a fish, I got so scared I dropped my rod in the water.’;

Spindlenoun

A rotary axis of a machine tool or power tool.

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Rodnoun

A stick, pole, or bundle of switches or twigs (such as a birch), used for personal defense or to administer corporal punishment by whipping.

Spindlenoun

Certain of the species of the genus Euonymus, originally used for making the spindles used for spinning wool.

Rodnoun

An implement resembling and/or supplanting a rod (particularly a cane) that is used for corporal punishment, and metonymically called the rod, regardless of its actual shape and composition.

‘The judge imposed on the thief a sentence of fifteen strokes with the rod.’;

Spindlenoun

An upright spike for holding paper documents by skewering.

Rodnoun

A stick used to measure distance, by using its established length or task-specific temporary marks along its length, or by dint of specific graduated marks.

‘I notched a rod and used it to measure the length of rope to cut.’;

Spindlenoun

The fusee of a watch.

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Rodnoun

(archaic) A unit of length equal to 1 pole, a perch, ¼ chain, 5½ yards, 16½ feet, or exactly 5.0292 meters (these being all equivalent).

Spindlenoun

A long and slender stalk resembling a spindle.

Rodnoun

An implement held vertically and viewed through an optical surveying instrument such as a transit, used to measure distance in land surveying and construction layout; an engineer's rod, surveyor's rod, surveying rod, leveling rod, ranging rod. The modern (US) engineer's or surveyor's rod commonly is eight or ten feet long and often designed to extend higher. In former times a surveyor's rod often was a single wooden pole or composed of multiple sectioned and socketed pieces, and besides serving as a sighting target was used to measure distance on the ground horizontally, hence for convenience was of one rod or pole in length, that is, 5½ yards.

Spindlenoun

A yarn measure containing, in cotton yarn, 15,120 yards; in linen yarn, 14,400 yards.

Rodnoun

(archaic) A unit of area equal to a square rod, 30¼ square yards or 1/160 acre.

‘The house had a small yard of about six rods in size.’;

Spindlenoun

(geometry) A solid generated by the revolution of a curved line about its base or double ordinate or chord.

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Rodnoun

A straight bar that unites moving parts of a machine, for holding parts together as a connecting rod or for transferring power as a drive-shaft.

‘The engine threw a rod, and then went to pieces before our eyes, springs and coils shooting in all directions.’;

Spindlenoun

Any marine univalve shell of the genus Tibia; a spindle stromb.

Rodnoun

(anatomy) Short for rod cell, a rod-shaped cell in the eye that is sensitive to light.

‘The rods are more sensitive than the cones, but do not discern color.’;

Spindlenoun

Any marine gastropod with a spindle-shaped shell formerly in one of the three invalid genera called Fusus.

Rodnoun

(biology) Any of a number of long, slender microorganisms.

‘He applied a gram positive stain, looking for rods indicative of Listeria.’;

Spindlenoun

(biology) A cytoskeletal structure formed during mitosis

Rodnoun

(chemistry) A stirring rod: a glass rod, typically about 6 inches to 1 foot long and 1/8 to 1/4 inch in diameter that can be used to stir liquids in flasks or beakers.

Spindlenoun

(coastal New Jersey) a dragonfly

Rodnoun

(slang) A pistol; a gun.

Spindleverb

(transitive) To make into a long tapered shape.

Rodnoun

A penis.

Spindleverb

(intransitive) To take on a long tapered shape.

Rodnoun

(slang) A hot rod, an automobile or other passenger motor vehicle modified to run faster and often with exterior cosmetic alterations, especially one based originally on a pre-1940s model or (currently) denoting any older vehicle thus modified.

Spindleverb

(transitive) To impale on a device for holding paper documents.

‘Do not fold, spindle or mutilate this document.’;

Rodnoun

(ufology) A rod-shaped object that appears in photographs or videos traveling at high speed, not seen by the person recording the event, often associated with extraterrestrial entities.

Spindlenoun

The long, round, slender rod or pin in spinning wheels by which the thread is twisted, and on which, when twisted, it is wound; also, the pin on which the bobbin is held in a spinning machine, or in the shuttle of a loom.

Rodnoun

(mathematics) A Cuisenaire rod.

Spindlenoun

A slender rod or pin on which anything turns; an axis; as, the spindle of a vane.

Rodnoun

(rail transport) A coupling rod or connecting rod, which links the driving wheels of a steam locomotive.

Spindlenoun

The shaft, mandrel, or arbor, in a machine tool, as a lathe or drilling machine, etc., which causes the work to revolve, or carries a tool or center, etc.

Rodverb

(construction) To reinforce concrete with metal rods.

Spindlenoun

The fusee of a watch.

Rodverb

To penetrate sexually.

Spindlenoun

The vertical rod on which the runner of a grinding mill turns.

Rodverb

(slang) To hot rod.

Spindlenoun

A long and slender stalk resembling a spindle.

Rodnoun

A straight and slender stick; a wand; hence, any slender bar, as of wood or metal (applied to various purposes).

‘He that spareth his rod hateth his son.’;

Spindlenoun

A shaft or pipe on which a core of sand is formed.

Rodnoun

A kind of sceptor, or badge of office; hence, figuratively, power; authority; tyranny; oppression.

Spindlenoun

A yarn measure containing, in cotton yarn, 15,120 yards; in linen yarn, 14,400 yards.

Rodnoun

A measure of length containing sixteen and a half feet; - called also perch, and pole.

Spindlenoun

A solid generated by the revolution of a curved line about its base or double ordinate or chord.

Rodnoun

a linear measure of 16.5 feet

Spindlenoun

Any marine univalve shell of the genus Rostellaria; - called also spindle stromb.

Rodnoun

a long thin implement made of metal or wood

Spindleverb

To shoot or grow into a long, slender stalk or body; to become disproportionately tall and slender.

‘It has begun to spindle into overintellectuality.’;

Rodnoun

any rod-shaped bacterium

Spindlenoun

(biology) tiny fibers that are seen in cell division; the fibers radiate from two poles and meet at the equator in the middle;

‘chromosomes are distributed by spindles in mitosis and meiosis’;

Rodnoun

a square rod of land

Spindlenoun

any of various rotating shafts that serve as axes for larger rotating parts

Rodnoun

visual receptor cell sensitive to dim light

Spindlenoun

a stick or pin used to twist the yarn in spinning

Rodnoun

a gangster's pistol

Spindlenoun

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.

Spindlenoun

a pin or rod used on a spinning wheel to twist and wind the thread.

Spindlenoun

a pin bearing the bobbin of a spinning machine.

Spindlenoun

a measure of length for yarn, equal to 15,120 yards (13,826 metres) for cotton or 14,400 yards (13,167 metres) for linen.

Spindlenoun

a turned piece of wood used as a banister or chair leg.

Spindlenoun

a pointed metal rod on a base, used for filing paper items.

Spindlenoun

a rod or pin serving as an axis that revolves or on which something revolves.

Spindlenoun

the vertical rod at the centre of a record turntable which keeps the record in place during play.

Spindlenoun

a slender mass of microtubules formed when a cell divides. At metaphase the chromosomes become attached to it by their centromeres before being pulled towards its ends.

Spindlenoun

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.

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