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[hed-l] /ˈhɛd l/
one of the sets of vertical cords or wires in a loom, forming the principal part of the harness that guides the warp threads.
Origin of heddle
1505-15; perhaps representing Old English *hefedl, a metathetic variant of hefeld (Middle English helde, ModE heald), cognate with Old Saxon hevild; akin to Old Norse hafald Unabridged
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  • The heddle is of the greatest importance in the construction of the loom and it is well worth while to understand what it does.

    Stories of Useful Inventions Samuel Eagle Foreman
  • This very ingenious man in 1801 invented a substitute for the heddle.

    Stories of Useful Inventions Samuel Eagle Foreman
  • On each side of the woof in the heddle there is a carrier, B.

  • The needle, which is longer than the warp is wide, serves also as a heddle in pressing the woof threads together evenly.

    Hand-Loom Weaving Mattie Phipps Todd
  • With his left hand he works the reed, with his feet he works the heddle.

    Stories of Useful Inventions Samuel Eagle Foreman
  • Scouties may be derived from the skua, though Mr. heddle gives an unpresentable derivation.

  • Mr. heddle also tells me that the old name of 'Lyars' for the people of Walls was to a great extent replaced by 'Cockles.'

  • The next movement of the heddle frame crossed the threads over the filling and made a new opening for the return of the shuttle.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • Each thread or group of threads of the warp passes through an opening (eye) of a heddle.

    Textiles William H. Dooley
  • Thus with the raising and lowering of the heddle the weft is passed backward and forward and the weaving goes on quite rapidly.

    Stories of Useful Inventions Samuel Eagle Foreman
British Dictionary definitions for heddle


one of a set of frames of vertical wires on a loom, each wire having an eye through which a warp thread can be passed
Word Origin
Old English hefeld chain; related to Old Norse hafald, Middle Low German hevelte
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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