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- v. to beat or flog, especially for extracting the fibres from flax stalks; to scutch
- n. An implement used to separate the fibres of flax by beating them; a scutch
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To dangle; to wave hanging.
- intransitive v. To swing for pleasure.
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To beat off the tops of without pulling up the roots; -- said of weeds.
- 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A wooden instrument used for beating flax and scraping from it the woody parts. Also swing-knife, swingle-staff, swingling-knife or -staff.
- n. That part of a flail which falls upon the grain in threshing; a swipple.
- n. A kind of spoke or lever, like the hand-spike of a capstan, used in turning the barrel in wire-drawing.
- n. One of the radiating arms by which the roller of a plate-press is turned.
- To clean, as flax, by beating and scraping with a swingle or swing-knife.
- To cut off the tops of without pulling up the roots, as weeds.
- To dangle; wave hanging.
- To swing for pleasure.
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