spinning-machine love



from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Any machine for spinning; amule; a spinner. Specifically
  • noun An apparatus which spins continuously, as distinguished from the intermittent action of the mule.


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  • In a third a wild cat crouches among the spindles of a spinning-machine and spits at the unwanted intruder.

    The Shape of Things to Come Herbert George 2006

  • When Hargreaves, the Lancashire carpenter, invented his spinning-machine, a village wit called it a "jenny."

    Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 11 Little Journeys to the Homes of Great Businessmen Elbert Hubbard 1885

  • From Brindley, the constructor of the earliest great canal, to Joseph Gillott, the inventor of the very steel pen with which this book is written; from Arkwright the barber who fashioned the first spinning-machine, to Crompton the weaver, whose mule gave rise to the mighty

    Biographies of Working Men Grant Allen 1873

  • Logic without revelation is like a spinning-machine without any cotton, busy drawing out nothing.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Isaiah and Jeremiah Alexander Maclaren 1868

  • This was greatly stimulated by the important inventions of tools, machines, and engines, made towards the close of last century, the products of which -- more especially of the steam-engine and spinning-machine -- so largely increased the wealth of the nation.

    The Life of Thomas Telford Smiles, Samuel, 1812-1904 1867

  • Like other self-taught men of the same bias, he had already been devoting his spare time to the invention of a perpetual-motion machine; and from that the transition to a spinning-machine was easy.

    Self help; with illustrations of conduct and perseverance Samuel Smiles 1858

  • Cromford, in Derbyshire, turned by a water-wheel, from which circumstance the spinning-machine came to be called the water - frame.

    Self help; with illustrations of conduct and perseverance Samuel Smiles 1858

  • A working instrument-maker gave us the steam-engine; a barber, the spinning-machine; a weaver, the mule;

    Thrift Samuel Smiles 1858

  • Many attempts were made about that time to invent a spinning-machine, and our barber determined to launch his little bark on the sea of invention with the rest.

    Self help; with illustrations of conduct and perseverance Samuel Smiles 1858

  • It was a sort of monotonous purring, like that made by a spinning-machine, or a very large tom-cat; and like the latter, it was prolonged and continuous.

    Bruin The Grand Bear Hunt Mayne Reid 1850


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