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. 2000.

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

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

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

  • 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 — I. n. Swingle staff, swingling staff, swingling knife, swingling wand. II. v. a. Dress with a swingle (as flax), beat with a swingle …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • 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 — /ˈswɪŋgəl/ (say swingguhl) noun 1. a wooden instrument shaped like a large knife, for beating flax or hemp and scraping from it the woody or coarse portions. –verb (t) (swingled, swingling) 2. to clean (flax or hemp) by beating and scraping with… …   Australian English dictionary

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