from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A comb for separating flax fibers.
- transitive v. To separate (flax fibers) with a hatchel.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A comb used to separate flax fibers.
- v. To separate (flax fibers) with a hatchel, or comb.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An instrument with long iron teeth set in a board, for cleansing flax or hemp from the tow, hards, or coarse part; a kind of large comb; -- called also hackle and heckle.
- transitive v. To draw through the teeth of a hatchel, as flax or hemp, so as to separate the coarse and refuse parts from the fine, fibrous parts.
- transitive v. To tease; to worry; to torment.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An instrument consisting of long iron teeth set in a board, used in cleansing flax or hemp from the tow and hards, or coarse part; a hackle or heckle. Also hetchel.
- To draw, as flax or hemp, through the teeth of a hatchel, to separate the fiber from the hard or coarse parts of the plant; hackle or heckle.
- Hence To tease or vex by sarcasms or reproaches; heckle.
- Also hetchel.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a comb for separating flax fibers
- v. comb with a heckle
Middle English hechel, possibly from Old English *hecel; akin to Middle Dutch hekel; see heckle.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)