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deckle

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[dek-uh l]
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noun Papermaking.
  1. a board, usually of stainless steel, fitted under part of the wire in a Fourdrinier machine for supporting the pulp stack before it is sufficiently formed to support itself on the wire.
  2. deckle edge.
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Origin of deckle

1800–10; < German Deckel cover, lid, equivalent to deck(en) to cover (see deck) + -el noun suffix
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Examples from the Web for deckle

Historical Examples

  • The deckle edge is left uncut, just as it comes from the paper-maker.

    The Building of a Book

    Various

  • The stream of pulp was confined upon the wire by means of a deckle.

    The Manufacture of Paper

    Robert Walter Sindall

  • It is hard to turn to the page you want, with the deckle edge you now have.

  • The deckle is movable, in order that it may be used with more than one mould.

  • The rough edges, or deckle, on hand-made paper is a necessary defect due to the way the paper is made.

    The Art of the Book

    Bernard H. Newdigate


British Dictionary definitions for deckle

deckle

deckel

noun
  1. a frame used to contain pulp on the mould in the making of handmade paper
  2. Also called: deckle strap a strap on each edge of the moving web of paper on a paper-making machine that fixes the width of the paper
  3. See deckle edge
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Word Origin

C19: from German Deckel lid, from decken to cover
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Word Origin and History for deckle

n.

1810, in paper-making, from German deckel "lid, little cover," diminutive of decke "cover" (see deck (n.)).

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