sickle

noun
sick·​le | \ ˈsi-kəl \

Definition of sickle

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

sickle

adjective

Definition of sickle (Entry 2 of 3)

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

sickle

verb
sickled; sickling\ ˈsi-​k(ə-​)liŋ \

Definition of sickle (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to mow or reap with a sickle
2 : to change (a red blood cell) into a sickle cell

intransitive verb

: to change into a sickle cell the ability of red blood cells to sickle

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sickle 1

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Old-timers used to simply pull plants out by the roots and cut grasses by sickle and scythe. Cain Burdeau, Fox News, "An ancient way to cut grass, scything's also a state of mind," 19 June 2018 Old-timers used to simply pull plants out by the roots and cut grasses by sickle and scythe. Washington Post, "Scything Zen: Ancient way to cut grass also a state of mind," 19 June 2018 The load included up to a fortnight of rations, a saw, a wicker basket, a shovel, a waterskin, a sickle, and a pickaxe, as well as weapons, armor, and a shield. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The Overloaded Soldier: Why U.S. Infantry Now Carry More Weight Than Ever," 26 Dec. 2018 Some conditions, like sickle-cell anemia, rest entirely on a single small genetic change; but others, like schizophrenia, rest on a dizzying array of genetic differences, all seemingly linked to an infinitesimally tiny increase in risk. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Large genetic study finds first genes connected with ADHD," 27 Nov. 2018 The computers in Yuri's spaceship rely on little robot hands moving an abacus (slowly if it's broken, but luckily Yuri has sickle and a small can of oil on board to fix it). Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Laika: Forget historic tragedy, this first space dog saves alien planets," 14 Oct. 2018 Common risk factors include congenital heart defects, sickle-cell disease, clotting, or immune disorders; Hudson had none of those. Kerry Cromwell, Good Housekeeping, "My Little Boy Was Just 7 Years Old When He Had a Catastrophic Stroke," 26 July 2018 Aliyana has sickle beta plus thalassemia, a form that is often considered milder. Cassie Owens, Philly.com, "This Bucks County teen isn't letting sickle cell stop her pageant dreams," 17 May 2018 This type of gene disruption — called non-homologous end joining — is being used in sickle-cell and thalassemia trials. Fox News, "Futuristic gene-editing technology may cause cancer," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of sickle

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1688, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1922, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for sickle

Noun

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

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sickle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sickle

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

sickle

noun
sick·​le | \ ˈsi-kəl \

Kids Definition of sickle

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

sickle

noun
sick·​le | \ ˈsik-əl \

Medical Definition of sickle

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a dental scaler with a curved 3-sided point

sickle

adjective

Medical Definition of sickle (Entry 2 of 3)

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

sickle

verb
sickled; sickling\ ˈsik-​(ə-​)liŋ \

Medical Definition of sickle (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to change (a red blood cell) into a sickle cell

intransitive verb

: to undergo change into a sickle cell the ability of red blood cells to sickle

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