from The Century Dictionary.

  • To paint with or as if with raddle; color coarsely, as with rouge.
  • To get over (work) in a careless, slovenly manner.
  • To weave; interweave; wind together; wattle.
  • To “baste”; beat.
  • noun A hurdle.
  • noun plural Small wood or sticks split like laths to bind a wall for the plastering it over with loam or mortar.
  • noun A piece of wood interwoven with others between stakes to form a fence.
  • noun A hedge formed by interweaving the shoots and branches of trees or shrubs.
  • noun A wooden bar with a row of upright pegs, employed by domestic weavers in some places to keep the warp of a proper width, and to prevent it from becoming entangled when it is wound upon the beam.
  • noun In metal-working, a rabble.
  • noun Same as reddle.
  • noun A layer of red pigment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A long, flexible stick, rod, or branch, which is interwoven with others, between upright posts or stakes, in making a kind of hedge or fence.
  • noun A hedge or fence made with raddles; -- called also raddle hedge.
  • noun An instrument consisting of a wooden bar, with a row of upright pegs set in it, used by domestic weavers to keep the warp of a proper width, and prevent tangling when it is wound upon the beam of the loom.
  • transitive verb To mark or paint with, or as with, raddle.
  • transitive verb To interweave or twist together.
  • noun A red pigment used in marking sheep, and in some mechanical processes; ruddle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A red ochre.
  • verb To mark with raddle; to daub something red.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a red iron ore used in dyeing and marking
  • verb twist or braid together, interlace
  • verb mark or paint with raddle


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  • It may have been used as a sort of a "raddle," a tool used for assisting to keep the warp threads in position when being beamed, _i. e._ put on to the loom.

    Ancient Egyptian and Greek Looms 1890

  • Anyone who doesn't wish to know the function of a raddle in the insemination of sheep had better look away now.

    Hill Farm by Miranda France – review 2011

  • Maybe the raddle lied and the ram snuck back a fortnight later?

    BOOK VIEW CAFE BLOG » Black Lambs 2010

  • Some of us have more serious things to hide than a yellow cheek behind a raddle of rouge, or a white poll under a wig of jetty curls.

    Roundabout Papers 2006

  • As for the generals who go galloping up and down among bomb-shells in absurd cocked hats — as for the actors who raddle their faces and demean themselves for hire upon the stage — they must belong, thank

    Virginibus Puerisque and other papers 2005

  • I mean, I don't search for that "God" everyone seems to raddle on about, or search for any type of truth.

    superhero99 Diary Entry superhero99 2004

  • We'll no hae yon thing raddle us wi 'radiation and pluck us apart bit by bit.

    Starfarers Anderson, Poul, 1926- 1998

  • With raddle painted faces, and mud smeared into our hair,

    The Rodney 1992

  • The house in which I spent the greater portion of my youth was a mansion of the olden time, whose pointed gables told a tale of years; and whose internal walls and principal floors, both below and above stairs, were formed of "raddle and daub."

    Notes and Queries, Number 30, May 25, 1850 Various

  • From Lais in her jewelled litter to Cora in her English landau in the Bois, and on to the shabbiest small slut who flaunts her raddle and her broken feather in the slums of London, the same story is told and the same moral preached.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray


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  • A pigment or its dispenser used to mark sheep for various reasons, such as to show ownership, show which ewes have been mated by a particular ram, or to show which lambs belong to which ewe.

    February 18, 2010

  • A devise for keeping beaming straight. (see Century dictionary definition above) - n. A wooden bar with a row of upright pegs, employed by domestic weavers in some places to keep the warp of a proper width, and to prevent it from becoming entangled when it is wound upon the beam.

    June 11, 2012