- 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
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This will fasten the heddle in its place across the loom (Fig. 12).Indoor and Outdoor Recreations for Girls
This very ingenious man in 1801 invented a substitute for the heddle.
With his left hand he works the reed, with his feet he works the heddle.
On each side of the woof in the heddle there is a carrier, B.
Prof. Kennedy argues that these rods are in the wrong position and that D1 which is a heddle should be in the place of D2.Ancient Egyptian and Greek Looms
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- 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
Old English hefeld chain; related to Old Norse hafald, Middle Low German hevelte