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sickle

noun sick·le \ ˈsi-kəl \
|Updated on: 14 Jul 2018

Definition of sickle

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

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

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sickle

adjective

Definition of sickle

: having the form of a sickle blade : having a curve similar to that of a sickle blade
  • the sickle moon

First Known Use of sickle

1688

in the meaning defined above

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sickle

verb

Definition of sickle

sickled; sickling play \ˈsi-k(ə-)liŋ\
1 : to mow or reap with a sickle
2 : to change (a red blood cell) into a sickle cell
: to change into a sickle cell
  • the ability of red blood cells to sickle

First Known Use of sickle

1922

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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SICKLE Defined for English Language Learners

sickle

Definition of sickle for English Language Learners

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


SICKLE Defined for Kids

sickle

noun sick·le \ ˈsi-kəl \

Definition of sickle for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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sickle

noun sick·le \ ˈsik-əl \

medical Definition of sickle

: a dental scaler with a curved 3-sided point

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sickle

adjective

medical Definition of sickle

: of, relating to, or characteristic of sickle cell anemia or sickle-cell trait
  • sickle hemoglobin

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sickle

verb

medical Definition of sickle

sickled; sickling play \ˈsik-(ə-)liŋ\
: to change (a red blood cell) into a sickle cell
: to undergo change into a sickle cell
  • the ability of red blood cells to sickle


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