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)