Swingling
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 off the tops of without pulling up the roots; -- said of weeds. [Prov. Eng.] --Forby. [1913 Webster]


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  • Swingling — Swin gling, a. & n. from {Swingle}, v. t. [1913 Webster] {Swingling tow}, the coarse part of flax, separated from the finer by swingling and hatcheling. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • swingling — swingˈling noun • • • Main Entry: ↑swingle …   Useful english dictionary

  • Swingling tow — Swingling Swin gling, a. & n. from {Swingle}, v. t. [1913 Webster] {Swingling tow}, the coarse part of flax, separated from the finer by swingling and hatcheling. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • swingling knife — 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

  • swingling staff — 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

  • swingling wand — 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

  • swingling tow — noun also swingle tow Etymology: swingling tow from swingling (gerund of swingle) (II) + tow; swingle tow from swingle (II) : coarse flax separated by sw …   Useful english dictionary

  • swingling-knife — n.; (also swingling staff, swingling wand) Swingle …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • swingling-staff — n. See swingling knife …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • swingling-wand — n. See swingling knife …   New dictionary of synonyms

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