from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See whiffletree.
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- n. a whippletree
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A whiffletree, or whippletree. See singletree.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cross-bar, pivoted at the middle, to which the traces are fastened in a cart, carriage, plow, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a crossbar that is attached to the traces of a draft horse and to the vehicle or implement that the horse is pulling
The mare crashed into the rockaway on one side and the bay shattered the swingletree on the other with the forewheel of our buggy.
I sat in the buggy, holding the reins over the trembling, wild-eyed bay, while William descended and, with great dignity, tied up the disabled swingletree.
The string was led off by a pair of steady leaders, hitched by a swingletree to the end of the picket rope, the whole thus presenting a team of about twelve or fifteen pairs of horses.
"Well, onct ole Hank Swartzman swatted him over the head with a swingletree.