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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A part of a loom. Each of the threads that form a warp passes through an eye in a heddle to allow control of the up and down movement of the threads.
  • v. To draw the warp thread through the eyes of the heddle

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • transitive v. To draw (the warp thread) through the heddle-eyes, in weaving.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To draw (warp-threads) systematically through the eyes of a heddle.
  • n. In weaving, a series of leashes, twines, cords, or wires vertically stretched, generally in pairs, between two horizontal bars or laths, looped about both bars, and joined in their middle part to form eyes for the reception of a warp-thread or yarn.

Etymologies

Probably alteration of Middle English helde, from Old English hefeld; see kap- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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