noun Date: circa 1841 whiffletree

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  • Singletree — Sin gle*tree , n. [Cf. {Swingletree}.] The pivoted or swinging bar to which the traces of a harnessed horse are fixed; a whiffletree. [1913 Webster] Note: When two horses draw abreast, a singletree is fixed at each end of another crosspiece,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • singletree — [siŋ′gəltrē΄] n. [altered (as if < SINGLE) < swingletree < ME swingle, rod, whip + tre, TREE] a wooden bar swung at the center from a hitch on a plow, wagon, etc. and hooked at either end to the traces of a horse s harness …   English World dictionary

  • singletree — noun A bar behind draft animals and in front of a load, such as a wagon, that balances the load. Generally the animals are attached at the ends and the wagon or other load to a pivot in the middle of the singletree …   Wiktionary

  • singletree — /sing geuhl tree /, n. whiffletree. [1835 45, Amer.; var. of SWINGLETREE] * * * …   Universalium

  • singletree — n. whiffletree, pivoting horizontal bar to which the straps of a horse s harness are attached …   English contemporary dictionary

  • singletree — noun North American term for swingletree …   English new terms dictionary

  • singletree — sin·gle·tree …   English syllables

  • singletree — sin•gle•tree [[t]ˈsɪŋ gəlˌtri[/t]] n. whiffletree • Etymology: 1835–45, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • singletree — ˈsiŋgəl.(ˌ)trē, l.tri noun Etymology: single (I) + tree 1. : whiffletree 2. : a heavy horizontal bar sometimes used to spread the loop of a hoisting chain to prevent crushing the load …   Useful english dictionary

  • Whippletree — Whip ple*tree , n. [See {Whip}, and cf. {Whiffletree}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The pivoted or swinging bar to which the traces, or tugs, of a harness are fastened, and by which a carriage, a plow, or other implement or vehicle, is drawn; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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