from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A name applied by workmen to red-lead with oil when used to smear a surface which is being scraped to a fit.
  • noun An earthy variety of hematite iron ore. It is fine-grained, and sufficiently compact to be cut into strips, which are used for various purposes, as for marking sheep and drawing on board. This material is found in several localities in England, and much more rarely in the United States, where it is generally called red chalk.

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

  • noun (Min.) Red chalk. See under chalk.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Red ochre
  • verb To redden.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a red iron ore used in dyeing and marking


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  • During the interval he had shifted his position even further from hers than it had originally been, by adopting the reddle trade; though he was really in very good circumstances still.

    The Return of the Native

  • When the farmers who had wished to buy in a new stock of reddle during the last month had inquired where Venn was to be found, people replied, "On Egdon Heath."

    The Return of the Native

  • "I gave up dealing in reddle last Christmas," said Venn.

    The Return of the Native

  • But the sale of reddle was not Diggory's primary object in remaining on the heath, particularly at so late a period of the year, when most travellers of his class had gone into winter quarters.

    The Return of the Native

  • He cleaned the grave out, procured some reddle and water, brushed the bricks over with it, and informed the person that he had a most excellent _second-hand grave to sell as good as new_, and if she thought it would suit her poor departed friend, would let her have it at half the price of a new one: this was too good an offer to be rejected; but Jemmy found, on measuring the coffin, that his second-hand grave was too short, and consequently was obliged to dig the earth away from the end of the grave and beat the bricks in with a beetle, before it would admit its new tenant.

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  • Since I have taken to the reddle trade I travel a good deal, as you know. "

    The Return of the Native


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