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spinning jenny

n.
An early form of spinning machine having several spindles.
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spinning jenny

n
(Mechanical Engineering) an early type of spinning frame with several spindles, invented by James Hargreaves in 1764
[C18: see jenny; the reason for the adoption of the woman's name is unclear]
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spin′ning jen`ny


n.
an early spinning machine having more than one spindle, enabling a person to spin a number of yarns simultaneously.
[1775–85]
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Noun1.spinning jenny - an early spinning machine with multiple spindlesspinning jenny - an early spinning machine with multiple spindles
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