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mackle

[ mak-uhl ]
/ ˈmæk əl /
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noun

a blur in printing, as from a double impression.

verb (used with or without object), mack·led, mack·ling.

to blur, as from a double impression in printing.

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Also macule.

Origin of mackle

1585–95; variant of earlier macle, makle; earlier maculemacule
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British Dictionary definitions for mackle (1 of 2)

mackle1

macule (ˈmækjuːl)

/ (ˈmækəl) /

noun

printing a double or blurred impression caused by shifting paper or type

Word Origin for mackle

C16: via French from Latin macula spot, stain

British Dictionary definitions for mackle (2 of 2)

mackle2
/ (ˈmækəl) /

verb mackles, mackled or mackling (tr)

Midland English dialect to mend hurriedly or in a makeshift way
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