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[mak-uh l]
  1. a blur in printing, as from a double impression.
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verb (used with or without object), mack·led, mack·ling.
  1. 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 macule macule
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British Dictionary definitions for mackle


macule (ˈmækjuːl)

  1. printing a double or blurred impression caused by shifting paper or type
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Word Origin

C16: via French from Latin macula spot, stain


verb mackles, mackled or mackling (tr)
  1. Midland English dialect to mend hurriedly or in a makeshift way
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