stadle
Staddle Stad"dle (st[a^]d"d'l), n. [AS. sta[eth]ol, sta[eth]ul, a foundation, firm seat; akin to E. stand. [root]163. See {Stand}, v. i.] [Formerly written {stadle}.] 1. Anything which serves for support; a staff; a prop; a crutch; a cane. [1913 Webster]

His weak steps governing And aged limbs on cypress stadle stout. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. The frame of a stack of hay or grain. [Eng.] [1913 Webster]

3. A row of dried or drying hay, etc. [Eng.] [1913 Webster]

4. A small tree of any kind, especially a forest tree. [1913 Webster]

Note: In America, trees are called staddles from the time that they are three or four years old till they are six or eight inches in diameter, or more. This is also the sense in which the word is used by Bacon and Tusser. [1913 Webster]


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