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[ strik-uh l ]
/ ˈstrɪk əl /


a straightedge used for sweeping off heaped-up grain to the level of the rim of a measure.
Metallurgy. a template rotated to generate a mold surface symmetrical about one axis.
an implement for sharpening scythes, composed typically of a piece of wood smeared with grease and sand.

verb (used with object), strick·led, strick·ling.

to sweep off or remove with a strickle.

Nearby words

strick, stricken, strickenly, strickland, strickland, william, strickle, strict, striction, strictly, strictly decreasing function, strictly increasing function

Origin of strickle

1400–50; late Middle English strikyll; perhaps continuing Old English stricel teat (perhaps also “leveling stick”); see strike, -le Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for strickle

  • Where a88 moulded frame for a panel is required, a strickle, or profile, is cut in zinc.

    Pottery, for Artists Craftsmen & Teachers|George J. Cox
  • The strickle is keyed to a straight-edge and dragged over the clay until the correct moulding emerges.

  • Strickle, strik′l, n. a straight-edge for levelling the top of a measure of grain: a template.

British Dictionary definitions for strickle


/ (ˈstrɪkəl) /


Also called: strike a board used for sweeping off excess material in a container
a template used for shaping a mould
a bar of abrasive material for sharpening a scythe


(tr) to level, form, or sharpen with a strickle

Word Origin for strickle

Old English stricel; related to Latin strigilis scraper, German Striegel; see strike
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