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 (ärk′rīt′), Sir Richard 1732-1792.
British inventor and manufacturer who patented a machine for spinning cotton thread (1769) and established cotton mills that were among the first to use machinery on a large scale.
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(Biography) Sir Richard. 1732–92, English cotton manufacturer: inventor of the spinning frame (1769) which produced cotton thread strong enough to be used as a warp
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Sir Richard, 1732–92, English inventor of the spinning jenny.
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Captain Malu's little finger, which was broken, had more inevitableness in it than Bertie Arkwright's whole carcass.
Bertram Arkwright an insight into the rawness and redness of life in the Solomons.
Arkwright. These islands have got a bad enough name as it is.
Arkwright that there are no antidotes for native poisons--"
But Captain Malu sent back from Sydney two cases of the best Scotch whiskey on the market, for he was not able to make up his mind as to whether it was Captain Hansen or Mr Harriwell who had given Bertie Arkwright the more gorgeous insight into life in the Solomons.
Look at the canals, an' th' aqueduc's, an' th' coal-pit engines, and Arkwright's mills there at Cromford; a man must learn summat beside Gospel to make them things, I reckon.
Rose despised this taste at first, but soon got interested in Livingstone's adventures, Hobson's stirring life in India, and the brave trials and triumphs of Watt and Arkwright, Fulton, and "Palissy, the Potter." The true, strong books helped the dreamy girl; her faithful service and sweet patience touched and won the boy; and long afterward both learned to see how useful those seemingly hard and weary hours had been to them.
With the spirit of prophecy upon me, I could look into the future and see her erect statues and monuments to her unspeakable Georges and other royal and noble clothes-horses, and leave unhonored the creators of this world -- after God -- Gutenburg, Watt, Arkwright, Whitney, Morse, Stephenson, Bell.
Do not the constructive fingers of Watt, Fulton, Whittemore, Arkwright, predict the fusible, hard, and temperable texture of metals, the properties of stone, water, and wood?
| 1733: John Kay, Richard Arkwright's assistant, patented the Flying Shuttle to operate on Arkwright's spinning frame.
GREGGS has bolstered its presence in Wales and the borders in an expansion creating more than 100 new jobs over the past year, with 15 new venues on its radar supported by property advisory firm Cooke & Arkwright During 2018, the bakery giant opened nine new premises in a PS1.8m investment, including the former Little Chef in Newtown, a store on Stephens Way in Carmarthen, as well as a number in Cardiff and Newport In addition to these new sites, Cooke & Arkwright currently has terms agreed for the acquisition of 15 other new Greggs outlets in various locations across Wales, all set to open during this year and in 2020.
John Riddiford, 53, got a visit from council officials in Thornbury, Glos, after someone reported his shop LE Riddiford, for having goods outside like Arkwright's in the Ronnie Barker sitcom.