sickle

noun
sick·​le | \ ˈsi-kəl How to pronounce sickle (audio) \

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 How to pronounce sickle (audio) \

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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Noun

sickle 1

In the meaning defined above

Examples of sickle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some weed and prune the trees barefoot, while teen boys may harvest bunches large enough to crush them, slicing the fruit from lofty branches with sickle blades attached to long poles. oregonlive, "Child labor in palm oil industry tied to popular U.S. brands, including Girl Scout cookies," 30 Dec. 2020 Zaffina hurled something the officer thought was an axe or sickle. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "DA clears law enforcement officers of wrongdoing in four in-custody deaths, notes meth as a factor in each," 18 Dec. 2020 The amount of sickle-cell hemoglobin dropped accordingly. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "A promising start to new human gene-editing trials," 9 Dec. 2020 The results of the sickle cell trial showed the treatment proved effective in increasing the level of fetal hemoglobin while reducing the level of the sickle hemoglobin. Paul Adepoju, Quartz Africa, "Scientists have made big steps in using gene editing to cure sickle cell disease," 8 Dec. 2020 Velociraptors have been misunderstood ever since they were featured in Jurassic Park as giant scaly dinosaurs that hunted in packs and disemboweled prey with sickle-shaped claws. Amy Mckeever, National Geographic, "Why Velociraptors are among the most misunderstood dinosaurs," 18 Nov. 2020 Wayne Cassell of Hampstead came dressed as the Grim Reaper, complete with a sickle attached to a two-sided black poster with a message about his feelings toward Trump. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carroll County voters turn out early on first day of early voting," 26 Oct. 2020 Blood Center scientists work on vaccines and treatments for ailments such as HIV, SARS and sickle-cell disease. Kate King, WSJ, "New York Blood Center Plans Expansion on Upper East Side," 13 Oct. 2020 Individuals with sickle cell disease have a genetic mutation that causes red blood cells to distort into a crescent moon, or sickle, shape. NBC News, "Throughout pandemic, sickle cell patients suffer quietly at home," 28 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective And anything that puts strain on your body can cause a sickle-cell pain crisis. Health.com, "Living With Sickle Cell Disease Is a Constant Battle With Pain, According to One Woman Who Has It," 1 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Blood cells filled with fetal hemoglobin do not sickle. Gina Kolata, BostonGlobe.com, "At 16, she’s a pioneer in the fight to cure sickle cell disease," 11 Jan. 2020 Blood cells filled with fetal hemoglobin do not sickle. New York Times, "At 16, She’s a Pioneer in the Fight to Cure Sickle Cell Disease," 11 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of sickle was before the 12th century

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6 Jan 2021

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“Sickle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sickle. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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sickle

noun
How to pronounce sickle (audio)

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 How to pronounce sickle (audio) \

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 How to pronounce sickle (audio) \

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 How to pronounce sickle (audio) \

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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