[ hwit-l, wit-l ]
/ ˈʰwɪt l, ˈwɪt l /
Sir Frank,1907–96, English engineer and inventor.
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British Dictionary definitions for frank whittle (1 of 2)
/ (ˈwɪtəl) /
to cut or shave strips or pieces from (wood, a stick, etc), esp with a knife
(tr) to make or shape by paring or shaving
(tr; often foll by away, down, off, etc) to reduce, destroy, or wear away gradually
Northern English dialect (intr) to complain or worry about something continually
British dialect a knife, esp a large one
Derived Formswhittler, noun
Word Origin for whittle
C16: variant of C15 thwittle large knife, from Old English thwitel, from thwītan to cut; related to Old Norse thveitr cut, thveita to beat
British Dictionary definitions for frank whittle (2 of 2)
/ (ˈwɪtəl) /
Sir Frank. 1907–96, English engineer, who invented the jet engine for aircraft; flew first British jet aircraft (1941)
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Science definitions for frank whittle
Sir Frank 1907-1996
[ wĭt′l ]
British aeronautical engineer and inventor who developed the first aircraft engine powered by jet propulsion in 1937.
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