from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Nautical, the material used to keckle a cable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Old rope or iron chains wound around a cable. See keckle, v. t.

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  • noun Old rope or iron chains wound around a cable.


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  • A cock pheasant made a most admired stir and keckling in seeing his wife and brood to roost on the branches of one of King James's age-old Scotch firs.

    The History of Sir Richard Calmady A Romance Lucas Malet 1891

  • They gang about keckling and screighing after the working men, like

    Alton Locke, Tailor and Poet An Autobiography Charles Kingsley 1847

  • I wouldna be deaved wi 'your keckling for a' your eggs.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop 1836

  • "Now I take this very kind, Mr. Craig; for I could not have expected you, considering ye have got, as I am told, your jo in the house"; at which words the Doctor winked paukily to Mr. Daff, who rubbed his hands with fainness, and gave a good-humoured sort of keckling laugh.

    The Ayrshire Legatees, or, the Pringle family John Galt 1809


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  • "... the art of winding old rope, &c. about a cable, to preserve its surface from being fretted, when it rubs against the ship's bow, or fore-foot; but more particularly it implies the winding of iron chains round the cable to defend it from the friction of a rocky bottom, or from ice, &c."

    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 209

    October 14, 2008

  • No, I'm sure this word refers to the anonymous bits of food goop seemingly welded to the bottom of the oven.

    October 14, 2008