from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An intermittent spinning-machine for cotton, etc., invented by Samuel Crompton in 1779, combining the principles of Hargreaves's and Arkwright's spinning-machines. See mule, 5.
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To Crompton, inventing the spinning-mule (which, in simulating, surpassed the delicate pulling motion of the spinster's arm) -- to Crompton, poverty so complete that the mule, patient bearer of innumerable fortunes to investors, was surrendered to them unpatented, while its maker retired to his "Hall-in-the-Wood" and his workman wages!