Origin of singletreealtered (as if from single) from swingletree from Middle English swingle, rod, whip + tre, tree
The singletree (indicated by the red arrow) balances the pull on the animals alternate shoulders as they walk.
The definition of a singletree is a bar between the pulling animal and the wagon or plow that balances the weight being pulled.
An example of a singletree is a metal crossbar between a horse and a buggy.
a wooden bar swung at the center from a hitch on a plow, wagon, etc. and hooked at either end to the traces of a horse's harness
The pivoted horizontal crossbar to which the harness traces of a draft animal are attached and which is in turn attached to a vehicle or an implement. Also called Also called regionally whiffletree . Also called whippletree .
Origin of singletreeAlteration (influenced by doubletree )of swingletree