from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Spindly.
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- v. Present participle of spindle.
- adj. spindly; very long and slender
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Long and slender, or disproportionately tall and slender
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Long and slender; disproportionately slim or spindle-like.
- n. A spindling or disproportionately long and slim person or thing; a slender shoot.
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Ben, whenever I try to answer this, I feel my brain spindling off into a thousand different directions at once.
Plants with large broad leaves are considered the best, those that grow tall and "spindling" or "long shank" plants, as they are called at the South, are rejected and should not be set out when others that are more "stocky" can be obtained.
"spindling" appearance of his boyhood, but even then he possessed certain of the remarkable features familiar to every boy and girl who has studied the portraits of Napoleon the emperor.
"spindling" or "long shank plants" which come forward slowly and forbid all thought of a second growth, and sometimes give small hopes of even the first.
The trees were twisted, spindling, and overgrown with
But twasn't good all roundabout for the prickles were spindling.
People in offices were accustomed to spindling papers, i.e. mashing them down on an upright needle to sequence them and hold them in place.
It cannot be fought by attacking its spindling heads, each of its hissing mouths dripping with black poison.
I need dowel rods to finish making several spindles for my drop spindling class.
Vargas Llosa is something of a structural prankster, folding, spindling, and mutilating the ordinary rules of storytelling in order to keep the reader off-balance.