from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A base or support, especially a platform on which hay or straw is stacked.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A prop or support; a staff, crutch.
- n. The lower part or supporting frame of a stack, a stack-stand.
- n. Any supporting framework or base.
- n. A small tree; sapling.
- n. One of the separate plots into which a cock of hay is shaken out for the purpose of drying.
- v. To form staddles of hay.
- v. to mark a sapling to be spared during a cut down of trees
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Anything which serves for support; a staff; a prop; a crutch; a cane.
- n. The frame of a stack of hay or grain.
- n. A row of dried or drying hay, etc.
- n. A small tree of any kind, especially a forest tree.
- transitive v. To leave the staddles, or saplings, of, as a wood when it is cut.
- transitive v. To form into staddles, as hay.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A prop or support; a staff; a crutch.
- n. The frame or support of a stack of hay or grain; a stack-stand.
- n. A young or small tree left uncut when others are cut down.
- n. In agriculture, one of the separate plots into which a cock of hay is shaken out for the purpose of drying.
- To leave the staddles in, as a wood when it is cut.
- To form into staddles, as hay.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a base or platform on which hay or corn is stacked
Middle English stathel, from Old English stathol; see stā- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English stathel, from Old English staþol ("foundation, base, support, position, site, estate"), from Proto-Germanic *staþulaz (“position, standing”), from Proto-Indo-European *stā-, *sth- (“to stand”). Cognate with Middle Low German stadel ("barn"), German Stadel ("ground, croft, stall, shed"), Old Danish stedel ("ground, croft"), Icelandic stöðull ("position"). More at stand. (Wiktionary)