from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The saw or the brush-wheel of a cotton-gin.
- n. The lifting-pulley sometimes used with a gin or with any shaft-sinking apparatus.
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For the levers turned the pivot-beam, and the pivot-beam turned the big shaft-wheel which turned the gin-wheel, and the gin had to go or it seemed as if the valley would be smothered in cotton.
These are they, the elect of the world; the born champions, strong men, and liberatory Samsons of this poor world: whom the poor Delilah-world will not always shear of their strength and eyesight, and set to grind in darkness at _its_ poor gin-wheel!