Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A spindle, a kind of reel for winding yarn. See also windles.
  • n. The redwing.
  • n. An old English measure of corn, half a bushel.
  • n. Dog-tail grass, Plantago lanceolata.
  • n. Bent grass.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A spindle; a kind of reel; a winch.
  • n. The redwing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An implement or engine for turning or winding: used in different senses locally.
  • n. The windthrush or redwing, Turdus iliacus. See cut 2 under thrush.
  • n. A dry measure, equal to about 3½ Winchester bushels.

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Examples

  • LEVS: Yes, and they -- that's what I say, it's going to start to windle down.

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  • Quhan we wold ryd, we tak windle-strawes, or been-stakes

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  • It was a brave notion of the king to put the loyalty of the land to the test, that the daft folk might be dismayed, and that the clanjamphrey might be tumbled down before their betters, like the windle-straes in a hurricane.

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  • -- So Paul being to return home after his long absence, I spent the forenoon on the fell shearing, and earned a stone of wool and a windle of rye.

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  • From a windle the thread is conducted to the quills, and buzz, buzz goes Margaret's wheel, while a gray squirrel, squatted on her shoulder, inspects the operation with profound gravity.

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  • It was in the third scene of the second act; Spiegelberg discoursing with Razmann, observes, "An honest man you may form of windle-straws; but to make a rascal you must have grist: besides, there is a national genius in it, a certain rascal-climate, so to speak."

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  • Well, as I was saying, it was a brave notion of the king to put the loyalty of his land to the test, that the daft folk might be dismayed, and that the clanjamphrey might be tumbled down before their betters, like windle-straes in a hurricane: -- and so they were.

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  • The _Spool_ receiveth the _Thread_, 13. which is drawn thence upon a _Yarn-windle_, 14.

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  • Hide was directed by K.C. Bascombe (Fear of the Dark), written by Greg Rosati (Fish Out of Water), and produced by Nick Seferian ($windle).

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  • I dinna gie a proper sorting to yon twa silly jauds that gard me mak a bogle of you, and a fule of mysell — Ghaists! my certie, I sall ghaist them — If they had their heads as muckle on their wark as on their daffing, they wad play nae sic pliskies — it’s the wanton steed that scaurs at the windle-strae — Ghaists! wha e’er heard of ghaists in an honest house?

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