American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See whiffletree.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as swingletree.
- n. A bar behind draft animals and in front of a load, such as a wagon, that balances the load. Generally the animals are attached at the ends and the wagon or other load to a pivot in the middle of the singletree.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The pivoted or swinging bar to which the traces of a harnessed horse are fixed; a whiffletree.
- Alteration (influenced by doubletree) of swingletree. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Searching behind the rectangular boulder, he detected part of a buried metal singletree, a device used in harnessing horses.”
“There in the creek, which was deep but still narrow enough to step across with scarcely a hop, was a catfish that looked longer than a singletree for an ox team, though much greater in girth.”
“Playmate began to poke and prod me with a singletree forefinger.”
“Several period artifacts were found in the second boat, including a bottle and coin of pre-Civil War date, two corn knives, a singletree (used in hoisting loads), horseshoes, and leather goods.”
“The main thing that bothered him was that he lacked a saddle, but July took care of that by borrowing an old singletree from Peach Johnson.”
“It's better than that old singletree of yours," Pea Eye said.”
“We patched up the tugs, fastened them to the singletree with hairpins, hitched up Pinto, drove down to the water hole and filled our cans.”
“It has a double bar, singletree, neck yoke, one grain compartment with eight grain boots, and”
“The trace chains of two horses are attached to this home-made, wooden singletree.”
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