Definitions

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  • v. Present participle of nettle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stinging; irritating.
  • n. A process (resembling splicing) by which two ropes are joined end to end so as to form one rope.
  • n. The process of tying together the ends of yarns in pairs, to prevent tangling.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In rope-making:
  • n. A method of spinning or twisting together the ends of two ropes so as to unite them with a seamless joint.
  • n. A system of tying in pairs the yarns when they are laid on the posts in a ropewalk, in order to prevent entanglement or confusion.

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Examples

  • And writer Raymond S. Kraft weighs in with the kind of nettling facts that make Leftists like Obama so incurably nauseated: "In little more than two centuries, despite its faults,

    The Two Malcontents

  • His last work Nettles published in 1930 just eleven days after his death were a series of bitter, “nettling” but often amusing attacks on the moral climate of England.

    March « 2008 « poetry dispatch & other notes from the underground

  • Sometimes, especially if you were tired, his nettling questions could become irksome.

    Men Don't Leave Me

  • The entire troublesome world, including its nettling competitors, seemed to fall away.

    A Happy Marriage

  • It can't be the daily photos of dead Palestinian children that upset her so, it must be something more selfishly personal nettling her.

    At the Corner of Hollywood and Whine: James Wolcott

  • The press corps he cowed in Riyadh will be emboldened on the campaign trail, nettling him about taxes, education, the environment or welfare.

    Schwarzkopf For President?

  • A sweetly impudent feminist, she wrote comic monologues for TV after university, sometimes nettling British tubemeisters.

    Inheriting The Crown

  • Liz May gets full points for nettling big Steve during the debates.

    Archive 2008-10-01

  • As nettling as some of these expected changes are for companies, though, they're hardly -- at this point -- the stuff of what Hugo Chavez calls 21st-century socialism in Venezuela.

    Nigeria renegotiates oil contracts

  • Carne did not stride about in that style, to cast his wrath out of his toes, because his body never tingled with the sting-nettling of his mind — as it is bound to do with all correct

    Springhaven

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