• Sickle-billed thrasher
    Sickle-billed thrasher
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sickle an edge tool for cutting grass or crops; has a curved blade and a short handle
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sickle (Astron) A group of stars in the constellation Leo. See Illust. of Leo.
    • Sickle A reaping instrument consisting of a steel blade curved into the form of a hook, and having a handle fitted on a tang. The sickle has one side of the blade notched, so as always to sharpen with a serrated edge. Cf. Reaping hook, under Reap. "When corn has once felt the sickle , it has no more benefit from the sunshine."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sickle A reaping-hook; a curved blade of steel (anciently also of bronze) having the edge on the inner side of the curve, with a short handle or haft, for cutting with the right hand grain or grass which is grasped by the left. The sickle is the oldest of reaping-instruments, and still continues in use for some purposes, including in certain localities the gathering of crops. Sickles were formerly sometimes serrated, or made with sharp sloping teeth; the ordinary smooth-edged sickles are now sometimes called grass-knives or grass-hooks.
    • n sickle A sickle-shaped sharp-edged spur or gaff formerly used in cock-fighting.
    • n sickle In embryology, a crescentie thickening at the posterior edge of the blastodisc in certain vertebrate embryos with meroblastic eggs, such as the fishes and reptiles.
    • n sickle A crescentie whitish area in the choroid commonly observed in cases of myopia.
    • n sickle One of the arms; which support the yarn guide-wire, or faller, on the spindle-carriage of a spinning-mule: so named from its shape.
    • n sickle A sickle-feather.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sickle sik′l a hooked instrument for cutting grain
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sikel, AS. sicol,; akin to D. sikkel, G. sichel, OHG. sihhila, Dan. segel, segl, L. secula, fr. secare, to cut; or perhaps from L. secula,. See Saw a cutting instrument
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sicol, sicel—L. secula, a sickle—secāre, to cut.


In literature:

This is beautifully exhibited in the sickle-bill, which is occasionally found in Bogota.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Sickles, D. E., Maj.-Gen., 321.
"Letters from Port Royal" by Various
The tail is furnished with additional sickle feathers.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Vol. I." by Charles Darwin
Three thin sickles of moons were cleaving their way across the sky.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
The harvesters with their sickles had stopped short in their work.
"Fairy Tales of the Slav Peasants and Herdsmen" by Alexander Chodsko
Her shoulders were sickle-shaped and gleamed like the half-crescent of a young moon.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
She looked at the sickle-blades and shuddered, knowing that Time had mown her down at last.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
Moons waxed to fullness and to sickles waned.
"Indian Legends of Minnesota" by Various
How splendidly the sickle wings of a swift enable it to turn and twist, bat-like, in its pursuit of insects!
"The Log of the Sun" by William Beebe
Followed by his troop of cowards Rainouart made straight for the enemy, and before him they fell as corn before a sickle.
"The Book of Romance" by Various
Bronze sickles, 90 77.
"The Bronze Age in Ireland" by George Coffey
There was a big horse with his mouth open, ears laid back, front legs thrown in two curves like harvest sickles.
"Rootabaga Stories" by Carl Sandburg
And I'd sharpen scythes, put sickles into condition, you know, things like that.
"Mountain Blood" by Joseph Hergesheimer
Sometimes the breathless harvesters stopped to take breath, and putting their sickles under their right arm drank a draught of water.
"The Works of Theophile Gautier, Volume 5" by Theophile Gautier
For since the great gun had spoken from East Point, Death's red sickle had not ceased to ply its task.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
They also occupied the ridge on which Sickles had commenced to fight.
"Sword and Pen" by John Algernon Owens
The mower chanced to see the nest before the sickle-bar had swept over it.
"Under the Maples" by John Burroughs
A mist lay over the sea, and the pale sickle of the young moon rose ghost-like above the white shroud.
"The Benefactress" by Elizabeth Beauchamp
She caresses the grass; she sweeps off the ends of the leaves; she reaps it with the soft sickle of her tongue.
"The Galaxy" by Various
A bearded face was bending over me, the captain's crossed sickles on the shoulder straps just within my vision.
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various

In poetry:

Now that within
His spirit sleeps
A harvest thin
The sickle reaps;
"A Sower" by Sir Henry Newbolt
Hunger and poverty
Heaped like the ocean
Welters and mutters,
Hold back the sickles!
"The Harvest" by Duncan Campbell Scott
So came he to the long green lane
That leadeth to the ford,
And saw the sickle by the wain
Shine bright as any sword.
"The Hall And The Wood" by William Morris
Oh, that in life's great harvest field,
I may some reaping do;
Early and late the sickle wield,
And prove a reaper true.
""Ashamed But Not Afraid"" by Joseph Horatio Chant
'Twas on a Monday morning then,
The corn was steep'd in dew,
And merry maids had sickles ta'en,
When the host to Sempach drew.
"The Battle of Sempach" by Sir Walter Scott
From forth the sod we've torn the spade;
The sickle from the waiting corn,
Nay, e'en the soft breast of the maid
Against the sword beats full and warm.
"Bread" by Ernest Jones

In news:

Over the weekend, she shared the devastating news that she lost her adopted son, Samuel, to sickle cell anemia.
For 40 years, the Sickle Cell Association of Hampton Roads has raised money to provide services and information for people battling the disease.
Players have died and millions have been paid because of deaths from sickle cell trait, a condition many athletes have but few know anything about.
Q&A: CATCO acting apprentice Joanna Van Sickle .
More than 2-thousand Mississippians are living with sickle cell disease MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports the goal Sickle Cell awareness day is to encourage people to get tested and donate blood.
Is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month.
Frontier Equipment has introduced the SB3108 sickle -bar mower with a longer cutterbar for increased capacity.
Sickle cell drive Saturday at mall.
Cincinnati Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center.
Seven hundred people in the Greater Cincinnati area are currently living with Sickle Cell disease.
Motorcycle sales help Sickle Cell Project.
Just days after Lucky Mulumba gave birth to her first child Carol, she learned her baby had sickle cell anemia.
RSS Feeds for Jim Van Sickle .
Sickle cell is a lifelong disease.
Firm seeks effective treatment for Sickle Cell Disease.

In science:

We would like to thank Christine Aidala, Boaz Nash, Elemer Elad Rosinger, Anne Sickles, Paul Stankus and George Sterman for discussions which helped review and clarify the ideas presented in this paper.
The Schroedinger equation as the time evolution of a deterministic and reversible process
Sickle cell disease causes the RBCs to be less deformable and more fragile .
Optical tweezer for probing erythrocyte membrane deformability
Only the most prominent H ii regions (Sgr A) and ionized nebulae (the Sickle) had been observed in infrared fine-structure lines.
High excitation ISM and gas
They also showed unambiguously that the Quintuplet and the Arches clusters ionize the Sickle nebula and the thermal filaments that seem to connect Sgr A to the Radio Arc.
High excitation ISM and gas
The author would like to thank the organizer for invitation, and thank Adam Kocoloski, Yichun Xu, Zebo Tang, Lijuan Ruan, Patricia Fachini, Anne Sickles, Bedanga Mohanty, Simon Albino, Xin-nian Wang, Simon Wicks, Thorsten Renk and Werner Vogelsang for valuable discussions and providing the data points and pQCD curves.
High $p_T$ Identified Particle Spectra
Further, it contains two “Luminous Blue Variables ,” including the “Pistol Star.” The ionizing flux from the cluster is 1050.9 photons s−1 , or roughly what is required to ionize the nearby “Sickle” HII region (G0.18−0.04).
The Initial Mass Function in the Galactic Center
The stiffness and collapse of the cytoskeletal structure of a red blood cell has a direct connection to its functional aspects and used for instance, as a diagnostic for detection of sickle cell anaemia.
Elasticity of Stiff Biopolymers
The Arches Cluster (Nagata et al 1995 and Cotera et al. 1996) is a very massive and dense cluster of young stars heating and ionizing the region of the Arched Filaments and the Sickle.
An analysis of infrared emission spectra from the regions near the Galactic Center
For both the Arched Filaments (Colgan et al. 1996; Cotera et al. 2005) and the Sickle (Simpson et al. 1997; Rodr´ıguezFern´andez et al. 2001), the excitation decreases with distance from the Arches Cluster and Quintuplet Cluster, respectively, as expected for photoionization.
An analysis of infrared emission spectra from the regions near the Galactic Center
Si is slightly depleted from the gaseous phase along all the slit positions with some fluctuations, indicating a minimum of silicate grains near the Sickle.
An analysis of infrared emission spectra from the regions near the Galactic Center