heddle

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noun hed·dle \ˈhe-dəl\

Definition of heddle

  1. :  one of the sets of parallel cords or wires that with their mounting compose the harness used to guide warp threads in a loom

Origin and Etymology of heddle

probably alteration of Middle English helde, from Old English hefeld; akin to Old Norse hafald heddle, Old English hebban to lift — more at heave


First Known Use: 1513


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