Heddle meaning

hĕd'l
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.
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A frame fitted with rigid wooden or plastic strips and used for the same purpose, especially in smaller looms.
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Any of a series of parallel wires or cords in the harness of a loom, used for separating and guiding the warp threads.
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A component in a loom, being one of a number of similar components, through the eye of each of which a distinct strand of the warp is threaded.
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One of the sets of parallel doubled threads which, with mounting, compose the harness employed to guide the warp threads to the lathe or batten in a loom.
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To thread each strand of the warp through the eye of a heddle.
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Unheddled (adjective)
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Origin of heddle

  • Probably alteration of Middle English helde from Old English hefeld kap- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition