[ dek-uh l ]
/ ˈdɛk əl /

noun Papermaking.

Nearby words

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  8. deckhead,
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  10. decking


or deck·el

[ 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for deckel



/ (ˈdɛkəl) /


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 for deckle

C19: from German Deckel lid, from decken to cover

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Word Origin and History for deckel



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

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