• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Swingle A wooden instrument like a large knife, about two feet long, with one thin edge, used for beating and cleaning flax; a scutcher; -- called also swingling knife swingling staff, and swingling wand.
    • Swingle To beat off the tops of without pulling up the roots; -- said of weeds.
    • Swingle To clean, as flax, by beating it with a swingle, so as to separate the coarse parts and the woody substance from it; to scutch.
    • Swingle To dangle; to wave hanging.
    • Swingle To swing for pleasure.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n swingle A wooden instrument used for beating flax and scraping from it the woody parts. Also swing-knife, swingle-staff, swingling-knife or -staff.
    • n swingle That part of a flail which falls upon the grain in threshing; a swipple.
    • n swingle A kind of spoke or lever, like the hand-spike of a capstan, used in turning the barrel in wire-drawing.
    • n swingle One of the radiating arms by which the roller of a plate-press is turned.
    • swingle To clean, as flax, by beating and scraping with a swingle or swing-knife.
    • swingle To cut off the tops of without pulling up the roots, as weeds.
    • swingle To dangle; wave hanging.
    • swingle To swing for pleasure.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Swingle swing′gl to dress or separate the fibrous parts of flax from the woody substance by beating
    • n Swingle an implement for this purpose
    • ns Swingle the part of the flail which falls on the grain in threshing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Freq. of swing,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

Alf, fetch me the spare swingle-bar.
"Actions and Reactions" by Rudyard Kipling
Swing, swang, swingle, swuff!
"Adela Cathcart, Vol. 2" by George MacDonald
After that he would swingle it over a swingling-board, with a long knife; then he made it into hands of flax.
"The Bay State Monthly, Vol. 1, Issue 1." by Various
If the above rule be followed, the animal will not be apt to touch the swingle-tree.
"The Mule" by Harvey Riley
Two stout sticks, the handstaff and the swingle, attached to each other by a strong band of gut, constitute its simple mechanism.
"A Cotswold Village" by J. Arthur Gibbs
Prof. Walter Swingle offers his cooperation in experiments in propagation.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Second Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
A man could swingle forty pounds of flax a day, but it was hard work.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
Mr. Kearney ought to be here tonight and Mr. Swingle and Dr. Rixford.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Eleventh Annual Meeting" by Various
Dey had a stick called a swingle stick, made kinder like a sword.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves, North Carolina Narratives, Part 2" by Work Projects Administration
With Swingles, the ship-chandlers.
"Command" by William McFee

In poetry:

He mends his swingle-bar
And loud his curses ring;
But a mother watching afar
Hears the hum of the doctor's car
Like the beat of an angel's wings!
"Contradictions" by Rudyard Kipling
I jes' gee-haw the hosses, and unhook the swingle-tree,
Whur the hazel-bushes tosses down their shadders over me,
And I draw my plug o' navy, and I climb the fence, and set
Jes' a-thinkin' here, 'y gravy! till my eyes is wringin'-wet!
"Romancin'" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

News Swingle wins communication award at TCIA conference for cause marketing campaign.
Swingle Lawn, Tree & Landscape Care received the 2009 TCIA (Tree Care Industry Association) Professional Communication Award at the organization's annual conference in Hawaii on February 10.
SWINGLE , Helen "Dorothy," 91, of North Canton, Ohio, died November 11, 2012 at Park Health Center in St Clairsville, OH.
New York actor Rich Swingle talks about a new documentary on his performances and workshops in Puerto Rico, Romania and London during the Olympics, and the impact his work has been having in more than 30 different nations.
Monday's Quay County Detention Center workshop included special guest Bruce Swingle of the New Mexico County Insurance Authority.
B e praised, my Lord,for the washing machine,whose swingle flails the soiled and stained.
In the Amphitheater , Under the Streetlamp opens the season Saturday, June 23 and Swingle Singers perform for the season's first Community Appreciation Night on June 26.
Darcie Seibel, left, and Lavair Swingle pose in front of their paper and fabric mural in the Mendenhall River Community School's library on Tuesday.
Seibel and Swingle, paraeducators at the school, have been working on the project since January.
Swingle Bells' begins Dec. A&T, UNCG to hold joint MLK event.
In her previous band, Trailer Bride, Mississippi's Melissa Swingle overplayed the Southern gothic pose.
That made it nearly impossible to track down who spent what, Swingle said.
The son of Dewey and Agnes (Swingle) Stout .
B e praised, my Lord,for the washing machine ,whose swingle flails the soiled and stained.

In science:

Brian Swingle, Entanglement Renormalization and Holography, Phys.
Quantum Entanglement on Cosmological Scale
Swingle [102]). X is biconnected if it is not the union of two nondense connected subsets.
Problems from Topology Proceedings
Swingle, The closure of types of connected sets, Proc.
Problems from Topology Proceedings