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swingle

noun swin·gle \ ˈswiŋgəl \

Definition of swingle

plural -s
1 :a wooden instrument like a large knife that is about two feet long, has one thin edge, and is used for beating and cleaning flax :scutcher
2 a :the swiple of a flail
b :a cudgel resembling a flail
3 :a lever resembling a spoke and used for turning the barrel in wire drawing or the roller of a plate press

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Origin and Etymology of swingle

Middle English swingel, swengil, from Middle Dutch swinghel, swenghel instrument for beating flax, swipe; akin to Old English swingell whip, rod, blow, swingan to strike, beat


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swingle

transitive verb \ " \

Definition of swingle

swingled; swingled; swingling \-g(ə)liŋ\; swingles
:to clean by beating with a swingle :separate away the coarse and woody parts of :scutch

Origin and Etymology of swingle

Middle English swinglen, from Middle Dutch swinghelen, from swinghel swingle


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