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 for Live spindle
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Spindle \Spin"dle\, n. [AS. spinal, fr. spinnan to spin; akin to
     D. spil, G. spille, spindel, OHG. spinnala. [root]170. See
     Spin.]
     1. 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.
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     2. A slender rod or pin on which anything turns; an axis; as,
        the spindle of a vane. Specifically: 
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        (a) (Mach.) 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.
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        (b) (Mach.) The vertical rod on which the runner of a
            grinding mill turns.
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        (c) (Founding) A shaft or pipe on which a core of sand is
            formed.
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     3. The fusee of a watch.
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     4. A long and slender stalk resembling a spindle.
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     5. A yarn measure containing, in cotton yarn, 15,120 yards;
        in linen yarn, 14,400 yards.
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     6. (Geom.) A solid generated by the revolution of a curved
        line about its base or double ordinate or chord.
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     7. (Zool.)
        (a) Any marine univalve shell of the genus Rostellaria;
            -- called also spindle stromb.
        (b) Any marine gastropod of the genus Fusus.
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     Dead spindle (Mach.), a spindle in a machine tool that does
        not revolve; the spindle of the tailstock of a lathe.
  
     Live spindle (Mach.), the revolving spindle of a machine
        tool; the spindle of the headstock of a turning lathe.
  
     Spindle shell. (Zool.) See Spindle, 7. above.
  
     Spindle side, the female side in descent; in the female
        line; opposed to spear side. --Ld. Lytton. [R.] "King
        Lycaon, grandson, by the spindle side, of Oceanus."
        --Lowell.
  
     Spindle tree (Bot.), any shrub or tree of the genus
        Eunymus. The wood of Eunymus Europaeus was used for
        spindles and skewers. See Prickwood.
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