- 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.
- deckle edge.
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
The deckle edge is left uncut, just as it comes from the paper-maker.The Building of a Book
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.What Philately Teaches
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
- 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
- See deckle edge
C19: from German Deckel lid, from decken to cover
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