deck·​le ˈde-kəl How to pronounce deckle (audio)
: a frame around the edges of a mold used in making paper by hand
also : either of the bands around the edge of the wire of a papermaking machine that determine the width of the web

Examples of deckle in a Sentence

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Word History


German Deckel, literally, cover, from decken to cover, from Old High German decchen

First Known Use

1816, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of deckle was in 1816

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“Deckle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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