cotton gin

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cotton gin (plural cotton gins)

  1. A machine used for separating cotton fibers from cotton seeds, etc.
    • 2012 March 22nd, David Blockley, Engineering: A Very Short Introduction (309), Oxford University Press, →ISBN, chapter 1: “From idea to reality”, pages 3–4:
      Historians argue about the drivers of the British Industrial Revolution of the late 17th and early 18th centuries, but all recognize the profound social changes resulting from the exploitation of coal and iron, the building of canals, the development of clever new machines such as the spinning jenny and cotton gin for the textile industry.


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