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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A shoemaker's thread.
  • n. A little tongue or thong of leather; a lacing for belts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A shoemaker's thread.
  • n. A little tongue or thong of leather; a lacing for belts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A shoe-latchet.
  • n. A shoemaker's thread of hemp rubbed with rosin.
  • n. Anything of considerable length; a considerable length of anything.
  • n. See lingle.

Etymologies

French ligneul, diminutive of Latin linea a linen thread. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Gin he had hauden till 's fiddle, he wad hae been playin 'her the nicht, in place o' 's airm lyin 'at 's side like a lang lingel (ligneul -- shoemaker's thread).'

    Robert Falconer

  • -- But here's the King o 'Bashan comin' efter his butes, an 'them no half dune yet!' exclaimed Dooble Sanny, settling in haste to his awl and his lingel (Fr. ligneul).

    Robert Falconer

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  • It was necessary to join the leather sling, which had been broke; and this service he likewise performed, by means of a broken awl, which he new-pointed and ground, a little hemp, which he spun into lingels, and a few tacks which he made for the purpose.

    - Smollett, The Expedition of Humphry Clinker (Melford to Phillips), 1771

    January 7, 2009