Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
WINDLE, n.1 Also winnel, win(n)le. Gen. in pl. a device for winding yarn or thread on to bobbins preparatory to weaving, a yarn-winder (Sc. 1825 Jam.); handles with adjustable screws for adjusting tension on yarn on such a device (‡Ayr. 1951). Comb. winnle blade, winles' blade, one of the spokes of a yarn-winder. See also Yairn, n., 2.(9). [wɪnl]
Sc. 1726 Ramsay T.-T. Misc. (1876) I. 181:
My hanks of yarn, my rock and reel, My winnels and my spinning-wheel. Gsw. 1749 Records Trades Ho. (Lumsden 1934) 359:
The pinns for a pair of yearn windles. Lnk. a.1779 D. Graham Writings (1883) II. 26:
Whan ony o' them turn'd Whigs, they were put on a four neuked thing, like a yarn winnle blades, and rave a' their gouls sindry till they turn'd Papists again. Rnf. 1790 A. Wilson Poems 203:
Jennock tum't the winles' blade An waft in lapfu's left her. Sc. 1817 Scott Rob Roy xxiii.:
A cousin wi' accounts, and yarn winnles, and looms, and shuttles.
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