from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A comb for separating flax fibers.
- transitive v. To separate (flax fibers) with a hatchel.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A comb used to separate flax fibers.
- v. To separate (flax fibers) with a hatchel, or comb.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An instrument with long iron teeth set in a board, for cleansing flax or hemp from the tow, hards, or coarse part; a kind of large comb; -- called also hackle and heckle.
- transitive v. To draw through the teeth of a hatchel, as flax or hemp, so as to separate the coarse and refuse parts from the fine, fibrous parts.
- transitive v. To tease; to worry; to torment.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To draw, as flax or hemp, through the teeth of a hatchel, to separate the fiber from the hard or coarse parts of the plant; hackle or heckle.
- Hence To tease or vex by sarcasms or reproaches; heckle.
- Also hetchel.
- n. An instrument consisting of long iron teeth set in a board, used in cleansing flax or hemp from the tow and hards, or coarse part; a hackle or heckle. Also hetchel.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a comb for separating flax fibers
- v. comb with a heckle
But as there are few merchants who do not _hatchel_ each other a little, so standing near this merchant you could see he was not free from this feeling, and you would believe, if he had owned our goods and been free to receive payment for them, in such kind of pay, he would have valued them much higher.
Brindle's calf in the woods, or gather oven-wood for his mother to start again the big brick oven with its dozen loaves of rye bread, or see the plow crowding the lingering snow-banks on the side-hill, or help his father break and swingle and hatchel the flax in the barnyard?
So she laid down her hatchel -- but without crossing herself -- and said:
After scutching, the settler would pull the flax through a board of sharp iron nails called a hackle or hatchel (see accompanying photograph) in order to untangle and smooth the threads.
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"Few have ever seen a woman hatchel flax or card tow, or heard the buzzing of the foot-wheel, or seen bunches of flaxen yarn hanging in the kitchen, or linen cloth whitening on the grass.
"I don't wonder you look fagged; the ride through the dust was hard enough without having all sorts of other things to hatchel you.