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Whittle

[hwit-l, wit-l]
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noun
  1. Sir Frank,1907–96, English engineer and inventor.
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British Dictionary definitions for frank whittle

whittle

verb
  1. to cut or shave strips or pieces from (wood, a stick, etc), esp with a knife
  2. (tr) to make or shape by paring or shaving
  3. (tr; often foll by away, down, off, etc) to reduce, destroy, or wear away gradually
  4. Northern English dialect (intr) to complain or worry about something continually
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noun
  1. British dialect a knife, esp a large one
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Derived Formswhittler, noun

Word Origin

C16: variant of C15 thwittle large knife, from Old English thwitel, from thwītan to cut; related to Old Norse thveitr cut, thveita to beat

Whittle

noun
  1. Sir Frank. 1907–96, English engineer, who invented the jet engine for aircraft; flew first British jet aircraft (1941)
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Word Origin and History for frank whittle

whittle

v.

1550s, "to cut thin shavings from (something) with a knife," from Middle English whittel "a knife" (c1400), variant of thwittle (late 14c.), from Old English þwitan "to cut," from Proto-Germanic *thwitanan (cf. Old Norse þveita "to hew"). Figurative sense is attested from 1746. Related: Whittled; whittling.

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Whittle

[wĭtl]
  1. British aeronautical engineer and inventor who developed the first aircraft engine powered by jet propulsion in 1937.
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