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 sickling (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

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Troodontids are bird-like predators that have sickle-like claws. USA TODAY, "Barbie, Tupac, scorpions and Red Vines: News from around our 50 states," 19 July 2019 For a child to be born with the condition, both parents must carry a sickle-cell gene, which is passed from one generation to the next. Aisha Salaudeen, CNN, "In Nigeria, your genetic makeup can decide if you get a second date," 10 July 2019 Scientists used it to make a vast range of discoveries about the history of life, such as why some people are prone to genetic disorders like sickle-cell anemia and why pesticides sooner or later fail to keep farm pests in check. Quanta Magazine, "Scientists Seek to Update Evolution," 22 Nov. 2016 Dwayne Palmer told The Washington Post that Everett was a personal trainer in excellent health, and that while the family were carriers for sickle-cell anemia, his brother did not have it. Brian Pascus, CBS News, "Missing organs further "mystery" surrounding Army vet's death in prison, attorney says," 12 June 2019 Researchers agree that the technology might, one day, help to eliminate genetic diseases such as sickle-cell anaemia and cystic fibrosis, but much more testing is needed before it is used in the alteration of human beings. David Cyranoski, Scientific American, "Russian Biologist Plans More CRISPR-Edited Babies," 11 June 2019 Dwayne Palmer told The Post that Everett was a personal trainer in excellent health, and that while the family were carriers for sickle-cell anemia, his brother did not have it. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "A man went to resolve a DUI. He died at a prison days later.," 9 June 2019 In a study by Bluebird Bio, a biotech company in Cambridge, Mass., four patients of nine in the study no longer had symptoms of sickle-cell disease. Cindy Krischer Goodman, sun-sentinel.com, "South Floridians urged to take part in research leading to breakthroughs in fight against sickle cell disease," 8 June 2019 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

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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 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 sickling (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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