a wooden instrument shaped like a large knife, for beating flax or hemp and scraping from it the woody or coarse portions.
to clean (flax or hemp) by beating and scraping with a swingle.
- un·swin·gled, adjective
Other definitions for swingle (2 of 2)
a single person who is highly active socially and sexually; an unmarried person who swings.
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How to use swingle in a sentence
Did you ever notice the swingle-tree of a carriage to which the horses are attached when drawing?Conversations on Natural Philosophy, in which the Elements of that Science are Familiarly Explained | Jane Haldimand Marcet and Thomas P. Jones
Prof. Walter swingle offers his cooperation in experiments in propagation.Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Second Annual Meeting | Northern Nut Growers Association
You could hear him above the chink of the swingle-bars and the drumming of our horses' hoofs on the miry road.Two Sides of the Face | Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Either with the swingle-bar, or with the haunch of our near leader, we had struck the off-wheel of the little gig.An English Grammar | W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell
Fire Chief swingle sent notice to the managers that all aisles must be kept cleared.Chicago's Awful Theater Horror | Various
British Dictionary definitions for swingle
a flat-bladed wooden instrument used for beating and scraping flax or hemp to remove coarse matter from it
(tr) to use a swingle on
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