Water frame

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Wa´ter frame`

1.A name given to the first power spinning machine, because driven by water power.
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When Richard Arkwright's patents were annulled, there was a rapid diffusion of the waterframe as a result.
John Smalley was paid over 3,000 [pounds sterling] by the remaining partners, and may also have been given a licence to build waterframes.
At Quarry Bank, however, productivity was pushed above the national average by the introduction of self-acting mules and by the replacement of waterframes with Danfortb throstles.