Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A circle of sportsmen, who, by surrounding an extensive space and gradually closing in, bring a number of deer and game within a narrow compass.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A circle of sportsmen, who, by surrounding an extensive space and gradually closing in, bring a number of deer and game within a narrow compass.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Scotland, a circle of sportsmen who, by surrounding a great space and gradually closing in, bring a number of deer together.

Etymologies

Gaelic timchioll a circuit, compass. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The tinchel was the name given to the circle of hunters which, gradually narrowing, hemmed the deer into a small space, where they could be easily slaughtered.

    Claverhouse

  • These active assistants spread through the country far and near, forming a circle, technically called the tinchel, which, gradually closing, drove the deer in herds together towards the glen where the Chiefs and principal sportsmen lay in wait for them.

    The Waverley

  • While the clansmen were out forming the tinchel, the lords were assembled in secret convocation, in which the Earl of Mar eloquently counselled resistance to the rule of King George, and the taking of arms in the cause of James

    Historical Tales, Vol. 4 (of 15) The Romance of Reality

  • He would apply to the service of war a device employed by the Highlanders in the chase, and put in practice against them their own tactics of the tinchel. [

    Claverhouse

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