Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A round; a step of a ladder; a rung.
  • n. A ball.
  • n. Something that rotates about an axis, such as a wheel or the drum of a capstan.
  • n. One of the pins or trundles of a lantern wheel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A round; a step of a ladder; a rung.
  • n. A ball.
  • n. Something which rotates about an axis, as a wheel, or the drum of a capstan.
  • n. One of the pins or trundles of a lantern wheel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small stream: same as runnel.
  • n. A moat with water in it.
  • n. A circular line or path; a ring; an orbit.
  • n. Something disposed in circular form; a circular or encircling arrangement; specifically, a peritrochium.
  • n. A ball.
  • n. A rung of a ladder; a round.
  • n. That part of a capstan round which a rope is wound in heaving.
  • n. One of the bars of a lantern-wheel; a rung.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. one of the crosspieces that form the steps of a ladder

Etymologies

English round. Compare rondle, roundel. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "If we both live long enough, Doctor, you may see me on the topmost rundle, for I shall climb with unwearying effort."

    The Allen House

  • In like manner, from throw and roll is made troll, and almost in the same sense is trundle, from throw or thrust, and rundle.

    A Grammar of the English Tongue

  • "Aweel, sirs," I exclaimed, "ye see there isna ony creatur here, our nainsell's out-taken; seek again an ye winna creed a bodie; may be the bogle is jumpit into the pot on the rundle-tree ower the ingle, or creepit into the meal ark or aiblins it scoupit thro 'the hole as ye cam in at the door.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 10, No. 289, December 22, 1827

  • I should get to be a fright -- a bundle of bones and a rundle of skin -- and you'd be horrified -- I couldn't bear it. "

    Viviette

  • In the contest for position that you must wage with these, all your powers will be taxed; and if you reach the topmost rundle to which you aspire, success will be, indeed, a proud achievement. "

    The Allen House

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