any of a series of parallel wires or cords in the harness of a loom, used for separating and guiding the warp threads
Origin of heddleprobably (by metathesis) from Middle English helde from Old English hefeld, weaving thread (akin to Old Norse hafald) from base of hebban, to raise (see heave) + -eld, instrumental suffix
- One of a set of parallel cords or wires in a loom, used to separate and guide the warp threads and make a path for the shuttle.
- A frame fitted with rigid wooden or plastic strips and used for the same purpose, especially in smaller looms.
Origin of heddleProbably alteration of Middle English helde from Old English hefeld ; see kap- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present heddles, present participle heddling, simple past and past participle heddled)
- unheddled (adjective)