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or deckel

[dek-uh l] /ˈdɛk əl/
noun, Papermaking.
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.
Origin of deckle
1800-10; < German Deckel cover, lid, equivalent to deck(en) to cover (see deck) + -el noun suffix Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for deckle
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  • The deckle edge is left uncut, just as it comes from the paper-maker.

  • 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.

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    John N. Luff
  • 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
  • The width of the web is controlled by the distance between the deckle straps.

    From Paper-mill to Pressroom William Bond Wheelwright
  • Then the deckle frame was removed, and there, on the top of the mold, was a sheet of moist pulp.

    From Paper-mill to Pressroom William Bond Wheelwright
  • The edges of this sheet would be thin and feather-like as a result of the pulp leaking under the deckle.

    From Paper-mill to Pressroom William Bond Wheelwright
  • As a little pulp leaks under these straps machine-made paper has deckle edges on both sides of the web.

    From Paper-mill to Pressroom William Bond Wheelwright
  • Except on special papers the deckle edges are trimmed off by slitters at the end of the machine.

    From Paper-mill to Pressroom William Bond Wheelwright
British Dictionary definitions for deckle


a frame used to contain pulp on the mould in the making of handmade paper
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
Word Origin
C19: from German Deckel lid, from decken to cover
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for deckle

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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