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swingle

SWIN'GLE, v.i. [from swing.] To dangle; to wave hanging.

1. To swing for pleasure. [Not in use.]

SWIN'GLE, v.t. To beat; to clean flax by beating it with a wooden instrument resembling a large knife, and called in New England a swingling knife. Flax is first broke and then swingled.

SWIN'GLE, n. In wire-works, a wooden spoke fixed to the barrel that draws the wire; also, a crank.




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SWIN'GLE, v.i. [from swing.] To dangle; to wave hanging.

1. To swing for pleasure. [Not in use.]

SWIN'GLE, v.t. To beat; to clean flax by beating it with a wooden instrument resembling a large knife, and called in New England a swingling knife. Flax is first broke and then swingled.

SWIN'GLE, n. In wire-works, a wooden spoke fixed to the barrel that draws the wire; also, a crank.


SWIN'GLE, n.

In wire-works, a wooden spoke fixed to barrel that draws the wire; also, a crank. – Cyc.


SWIN'GLE, v.i. [from swing.]

  1. To dangle; to wave hanging.
  2. To swing for pleasure. [Not in use.]

SWIN'GLE, v.t. [Sax. swingan, to beat. See Swing.]

To beat; to clean flax by beating it with a wooden instrument resembling a large knife, and called in New England swingling-knife. Flax is first broke and then swingled.


Swin"gle
  1. To dangle; to wave hanging.

    [Obs.] Johnson.
  2. To clean, as flax, by beating it with a swingle, so as to separate the coarse parts and the woody substance from it] to scutch.
  3. A wooden instrument like a large knife, about two feet long, with one thin edge, used for beating and cleaning flax; a scutcher; -- called also swingling knife, swingling staff, and swingling wand.
  4. To swing for pleasure.

    [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
  5. To beat off the tops of without pulling up the roots; -- said of weeds.

    [Prov. Eng.] Forby.
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Swingle

SWIN'GLE, verb intransitive [from swing.] To dangle; to wave hanging.

1. To swing for pleasure. [Not in use.]

SWIN'GLE, verb transitive To beat; to clean flax by beating it with a wooden instrument resembling a large knife, and called in New England a swingling knife. Flax is first broke and then swingled.

SWIN'GLE, noun In wire-works, a wooden spoke fixed to the barrel that draws the wire; also, a crank.

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