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swingle

noun swin·gle \ˈswiŋgəl\

Definition of swingle

plural

-s

  1. 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. 2a :  the swiple of a flail b :  a cudgel resembling a flail

  3. 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 — more at swing


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swingle

transitive verb swin·gle \"\

Definition of swingle

swingled

;

swingled

;

swingling

\-g(ə)liŋ\ ;

swingles

  1. :  to clean by beating with a swingle :  separate away the coarse and woody parts of :  scutch

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Origin and Etymology of swingle

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


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