Definitions

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

  • n. An implement having a semicircular blade attached to a short handle, used for cutting grain or tall grass.
  • n. The cutting mechanism of a reaper or mower.
  • transitive v. To cut with a sickle.
  • transitive v. To deform (a red blood cell) into an abnormal crescent shape.
  • intransitive v. To assume an abnormal crescent shape. Used of red blood cells.
  • adj. Shaped like the blade of a sickle; crescent-shaped: a sickle moon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. an implement, having a semicircular blade and short handle, used for cutting long grass and cereal crops
  • v. To cut with a sickle
  • v. To deform (as with a red blood cell) into an abnormal crescent shape.
  • v. To assume an abnormal crescent shape. Used of red blood cells.
  • adj. Shaped like the blade of a sickle; crescent-shaped.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. A group of stars in the constellation Leo. See Illust. of Leo.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.
  • n. A sickle-shaped sharp-edged spur or gaff formerly used in cock-fighting.
  • n. 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. A crescentie whitish area in the choroid commonly observed in cases of myopia.
  • n. 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. A sickle-feather.

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

  • n. an edge tool for cutting grass or crops; has a curved blade and a short handle

Etymologies

Middle English sikel, from Old English sicol, from Vulgar Latin sicila, from Latin sēcula; see sek- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English sicol. (Wiktionary)

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