• WordNet 3.6
    • v hackle comb with a heckle "heckle hemp or flax"
    • n hackle long slender feather on the necks of e.g. turkeys and pheasants
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • hackle A comb for dressing flax, raw silk, etc.; a hatchel.
    • hackle An artificial fly for angling, made of feathers.
    • hackle Any flimsy substance unspun, as raw silk.
    • hackle One of the peculiar, long, narrow feathers on the neck of fowls, most noticeable on the cock, -- often used in making artificial flies; hence, any feather so used.
    • Hackle To separate, as the coarse part of flax or hemp from the fine, by drawing it through the teeth of a hackle or hatchel.
    • Hackle To tear asunder; to break in pieces. "The other divisions of the kingdom being hackled and torn to pieces."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • hackle To hack roughly; haggle. See haggle.
    • n hackle A conical covering of straw or hay, such as is used to thatch a beehive.
    • n hackle A comb for dressing flax: same as heckle, 1.
    • n hackle Any flimsy substance unspun, as raw silk.
    • n hackle One of the long slender feathers from the neck or saddle of the domestic cock, much used by anglers for making artificial flies. They are distinguished as neck-hackles and saddle-hackles, according to their situation; the former are stouter and stronger than the latter. Many different colors are found, as black, white, gray, red, dun, ginger (light yellowish-red), gingerbarred, furnace (red and black), etc. Hackles for flies are also dyed of any desired color. By extension the term is applied to the similar feathers of other birds, especially when used for the same purpose. Sometimes called shiner.
    • n hackle An artificial fly made without wings to represent a caterpillar or other larva, or the larva-like body of a winged fly; a palmer.
    • n hackle In heraldry, same as bray, 2 .
    • hackle To comb, as flax or hemp: same as heckle.
    • hackle To tear asunder.
    • n hackle One of the long hairs which, when erected, form a crest along the neck and back of a dog.
    • hackle In angling, to dress (an artificial fly) with hackle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hackle hak′l an instrument with iron teeth for sorting hemp or flax: any flimsy substance unspun: a feather in a cock's neck: part of the dressing of a fly-hook used by anglers
    • v.t Hackle to dress with a hackle, as flax: to tear rudely asunder
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Heckle, and cf. Hatchel


In literature:

HACKLES, peculiarities of, in fowls, i.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
His hackles were up at the graciousness of the Osborne kid.
"Love and Lucy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
The Wolfhound moved backward, with hackles slightly raised.
"Finn The Wolfhound" by A. J. Dawson
Twice, Mistisi rumbled hoarsely to himself, and then growled savagely, his hackles beginning to stiffen.
"The Wilderness Trail" by Frank Williams
Dey would den put de flax on a hackle, a board wid a lot of pegs in it.
"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
Just one rolling rock and he had his hackles up.
"The World That Couldn't Be" by Clifford Donald Simak
His hackles were raised, and Dusty Star saw that he lowered his body slightly in preparation for attack.
"Dusty Star" by Olaf Baker
I looked as though I had encountered a flax-hackle.
"The Romance of the Reaper" by Herbert Newton Casson
John Endlich's hackles rose.
"Asteroid of Fear" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
It was an awful sound and it made the hackles stand upright on Hultax's bull-neck.
"Quest of the Golden Ape" by Ivar Jorgensen

In poetry:

Was it light, was it shadow he followed,
That he swept through those desperate tracts,
With his hair beating back on his shoulders
Like the tops of the wind-hackled flax?
"Safi" by Henry Kendall

In news:

Google search gets more personal, raises hackles .
Not-so-natty neckwear raises judge's hackles .
Day care study raises hackles , more questions.
Not-so- natty neckwear raises judge's hackles.
Not-so-natty neckwear raises judge's hackles.
Plans to greatly expand fossil-fuel exploration and retrieval in the Far North are raising environmentalists' hackles.
During the final presidential debate, Republican contender Mitt Romney got my hackles up (unnecessarily) with the following invocation of apartheid .
An ambitious plan to remake 50 acres around the Ronkonkoma Long Island Rail Road station is raising the hackles of some of the area's property owners.
In June 1987, authorities in Sauk County discovered Angela Hackl's naked body hanging from a tree by chains.
Just when everyone's hackles get raised, authorities say that the truth was, she set HERSELF on fire.
The health care program for the disabled, the elderly poor and the impoverished raises hackles every two years, mostly because the number in need keeps rising alongside health care costs.
Fiona Apple has raised the hackles of one Texan, for sure.
Rumsfeld's memo, and choice of words, raises hackles.
Spinning blocks Flypattern(s): "CDC hackle, sparkle&flash, or single-thread mole dust" Dealer/Manufacturer(s): Scientific Anglers Advanced Shooting.
Flypattern(s): "CDC hackle, sparkle&flash, or single-thread mole dust".

In science:

Devereaux T P and Hackl R 2006 arXiv:cond-mat/0607554. To appear Rev.
Examination of the claim by Loram and Tallon that the energy-resolved STM results, in their apparent inhomogeneity, misrepresent the true bulk behaviour of the HTSC cuprates
How, you probably don’t wish to know, did your authors vote on the various Plutonian issues? Not at all, it turns out, for the one who was there was skippering the team of students who ran up and down the aisles counting the raised yellow cards of the voters (slightly different from raised hackles, but not entirely).
Astrophysics in 2006
Devereaux and Rudi Hackl, “Inelastic light scattering from correlated electrons”, Rev.
Electrodynamics of correlated electron systems
Recent measurements by Hackl et al. (1996) for the Raman intensity in the superconducting state for various symmetries in optimally doped Bi 2212 are shown in Fig. 42 from Einzel and Hackl (1996).
The pseudogap in high-temperature superconductors: an experimental survey
Experimental results in optimally doped materials show that the scattering rate determined this way has a linear temperature dependence with a zero intercept very similar to what is observed in the optical conductivity (Hackl et al. (1996), Naeini et al. (1997)).
The pseudogap in high-temperature superconductors: an experimental survey