Definition of Swingle

1. v. i. To dangle; to wave hanging.



2. v. t. 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.

3. 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.

Definition of Swingle

1. Verb. to beat or flog, especially for extracting the fibres from flax stalks; to scutch ¹

2. Noun. An implement used to separate the fibres of flax by beating them; a scutch ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Swingle

1. to scutch [v -GLED, -GLING, -GLES] - See also: scutch

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Literary usage of Swingle

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1. Biennial Report by California Dept. of Agriculture, California State Commission of Horticulture (1909)
"If there is no objection, Mr. swingle will make a short statement regarding the ... BY WALTER T. swingle, Physiologist in Charge of Plant Life History ..."

2. The Journal of Heredity by American Genetic Association (1913)
"WALTER T. swingle. Association Matters Following the change in administration of the ... swingle, Cook, Fairchild and Kearney. On motion of Mr. Davenport, ..."

3. Annual Report by Ohio State Board of Agriculture (1861)
"the foot end with the left hand, and held upon the head of the swingle-board, so that the head ends hang down in front of the same. ..."

4. Year Book by Carnegie Institution of Washington (1906)
"Mr. swingle reports that active work on this investigation was postponed until ... The material which Mr. swingle procured on the Pacific Coast during the ..."

5. Proceedings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1894)
"By WT swingle, Subtropical Laboratory, Eustis, Fla. [ABSTRACT.] THK paper gives short accounts of the principal diseases of citrous fruits not caused by ..."

6. Proceedings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1896)
"NEAR WASHINGTON, DC By WALTER T. swingle, Washington, DC [ABSTRACT.] BELT was the first to suggest in 1874 that the Central American leaf- cutting ants ..."

7. Dictionary of Hard Words by Robert Morris Pierce (1910)
"... swingle n. (implement for beating flax; also, ... part of a flail; swingle [also spelt ... swingle ..."

8. History of California by Theodore Henry Hittell (1898)
"One was Major Alfred swingle, a native of Maryland, who developed into a very efficient artillery commander, brave, fertile in resources and ingenious in ..."

9. Biennial Report by California Dept. of Agriculture, California State Commission of Horticulture (1909)
"If there is no objection, Mr. swingle will make a short statement regarding the ... BY WALTER T. swingle, Physiologist in Charge of Plant Life History ..."

10. The Journal of Heredity by American Genetic Association (1913)
"WALTER T. swingle. Association Matters Following the change in administration of the ... swingle, Cook, Fairchild and Kearney. On motion of Mr. Davenport, ..."

11. Annual Report by Ohio State Board of Agriculture (1861)
"the foot end with the left hand, and held upon the head of the swingle-board, so that the head ends hang down in front of the same. ..."

12. Year Book by Carnegie Institution of Washington (1906)
"Mr. swingle reports that active work on this investigation was postponed until ... The material which Mr. swingle procured on the Pacific Coast during the ..."

13. Proceedings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1894)
"By WT swingle, Subtropical Laboratory, Eustis, Fla. [ABSTRACT.] THK paper gives short accounts of the principal diseases of citrous fruits not caused by ..."

14. Proceedings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1896)
"NEAR WASHINGTON, DC By WALTER T. swingle, Washington, DC [ABSTRACT.] BELT was the first to suggest in 1874 that the Central American leaf- cutting ants ..."

15. Dictionary of Hard Words by Robert Morris Pierce (1910)
"... swingle n. (implement for beating flax; also, ... part of a flail; swingle [also spelt ... swingle ..."

16. History of California by Theodore Henry Hittell (1898)
"One was Major Alfred swingle, a native of Maryland, who developed into a very efficient artillery commander, brave, fertile in resources and ingenious in ..."

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