(Spin"dle), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Spindled; p. pr. & vb. n. Spindling ] To shoot or grow into a
long, slender stalk or body; to become disproportionately tall and slender.
It has begun to spindle into overintellectuality.Lowell.
(Spin"dle-legged`) a. Having long, slender legs.
(Spin"dle*legs`) n. A spindleshanks.
(Spin"dle-shanked`) a. Having long, slender legs. Addison.
(Spin"dle*shanks`) n. A person with slender shanks, or legs; used humorously or in
1. Having the shape of a spindle.
2. (Bot.) Thickest in the middle, and tapering to both ends; fusiform; applied chiefly to roots.
(Spin"dle*tail`) n. (Zoöl.) The pintail duck. [Local, U.S.]
(Spin"dle*worm`) n. (Zoöl.) The larva of a noctuid mmoth (Achatodes zeæ) which feeds
inside the stalks of corn sometimes causing much damage. It is smooth, with a black head and tail and
a row of black dots across each segment.
(Spin"dling) a. Long and slender, or disproportionately tall and slender; as, a spindling tree; a
(Spine) n. [L. spina thorn, the spine; akin to spica a point: cf. OF. espine, F. épine. Cf. Spike,
Spinet a musical instrument, Spinny.]
1. (Bot.) A sharp appendage to any of a plant; a thorn.
2. (Zoöl.) (a) A rigid and sharp projection upon any part of an animal. (b) One of the rigid and undivided
fin rays of a fish.
3. (Anat.) The backbone, or spinal column, of an animal; so called from the projecting processes
upon the vertebræ.
4. Anything resembling the spine or backbone; a ridge.
(Spine"back`) n. (Zoöl.) A fish having spines in, or in front of, the dorsal fins.