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sickle

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noun sick·le \ˈsi-kəl\

Simple Definition of sickle

  • : a tool with a curved metal blade attached to a short handle that is used for cutting grass, grain, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sickle

  1. 1 :  an agricultural implement consisting of a curved metal blade with a short handle fitted on a tang

  2. 2 :  the cutting mechanism (as of a reaper, combine, or mower) consisting of a bar with a series of cutting elements

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Origin of sickle

Middle English sikel, from Old English sicol, from Latin secula sickle, from secare to cut — more at saw


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms


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sickle

adjective sick·le

Definition of sickle

  1. :  having the form of a sickle blade :  having a curve similar to that of a sickle blade <the sickle moon>



1688

First Known Use of sickle

1688


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sickle

verb sick·le

Definition of sickle

sickledsickling play \ˈsi-k(ə-)liŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to mow or reap with a sickle

  3. 2 :  to change (a red blood cell) into a sickle cell

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to change into a sickle cell <the ability of red blood cells to sickle>



1922

First Known Use of sickle

1922


SICKLE Defined for Kids

sickle

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noun sick·le \ˈsi-kəl\

Definition of sickle for Students

  1. :  a tool with a sharp curved blade and a short handle used especially to cut grass and grain





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