Piece of wood, somewhat sword-like in shape, used for beating and scraping flax. The process was similar to the winnowing of grain, removing unwanted particles. A swingle functioned much like a flail. [< OldEngl. swingel = a whip or rod] -
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  • swingle — swingle1 [swiŋ′gəl] vt. swingled, swingling [ME swinglen < MDu swinghelen < swinghel, a swingle: see SWINGLE1 the n.] to clean (flax or hemp) by beating or scraping with a swingle n. [ME < OE swingele < MDu swinghel: for IE base see… …   English World dictionary

  • Swingle — Swin gle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Swingled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Swingling}.] [See {Swingel}.] 1. To clean, as flax, by beating it with a swingle, so as to separate the coarse parts and the woody substance from it; to scutch. [1913 Webster] 2. To beat… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • swingle — instrument for beating flax, early 14c., from M.Du. swinghel swingle for flax, cognate with O.E. swingel beating, stick to beat, from swingan to beat, strike, whip (see SWING (Cf. swing)) + instrumental suffix le. Or perhaps directly from the O.E …   Etymology dictionary

  • Swingle — Swin gle, v. i. [Freq. of swing.] 1. To dangle; to wave hanging. [Obs.] Johnson. [1913 Webster] 2. To swing for pleasure. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Swingle — Swin gle, n. A wooden instrument like a large knife, about two feet long, with one thin edge, used for beating and cleaning flax; a scutcher; called also {swingling knife}, {swingling staff}, and {swingling wand}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Swingle — Walter Tennyson Swingle Walter Tennyson Swingle est un botaniste et agronome américain, né le 8 janvier 1871 à Canaan en Pennsylvanie et mort le 19 janvier 1952. Il est le fils de John Fletcher Swngle et de Mary née Astley. En 1888, il devient… …   Wikipédia en Français

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  • swingle — swingle1 /swing geuhl/, n., v., swingled, swingling. n. 1. a swipple. 2. a wooden instrument shaped like a large knife, for beating flax or hemp and scraping from it the woody or coarse portions. v.t. 3. to clean (flax or hemp) by beating and… …   Universalium

  • swingle — 1. verb to beat or flog, especially for extracting the fibres from flax stalks; to scutch The first operation in dressing flax is to swingle or beat it, in order to detach it from the harle or skimps. 2. noun An implement used to separate the …   Wiktionary

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