from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To twist together; interweave.
- n. Variant of ruddle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A red ochre.
- v. To mark with raddle; to daub something red.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. A hedge or fence made with raddles; -- called also raddle hedge.
- n. 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 v. To interweave or twist together.
- n. A red pigment used in marking sheep, and in some mechanical processes; ruddle.
- transitive v. To mark or paint with, or as with, raddle.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hurdle.
- n. plural Small wood or sticks split like laths to bind a wall for the plastering it over with loam or mortar.
- n. A piece of wood interwoven with others between stakes to form a fence.
- n. A hedge formed by interweaving the shoots and branches of trees or shrubs.
- 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.
- n. In metal-working, a rabble.
- To weave; interweave; wind together; wattle.
- To “baste”; beat.
- n. Same as reddle.
- n. A layer of red pigment.
- To paint with or as if with raddle; color coarsely, as with rouge.
- To get over (work) in a careless, slovenly manner.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a red iron ore used in dyeing and marking
- v. twist or braid together, interlace
- v. mark or paint with raddle
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.
Anyone who doesn't wish to know the function of a raddle in the insemination of sheep had better look away now.
Maybe the raddle lied and the ram snuck back a fortnight later?
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.
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
I mean, I don't search for that "God" everyone seems to raddle on about, or search for any type of truth.
We'll no hae yon thing raddle us wi 'radiation and pluck us apart bit by bit.
With raddle painted faces, and mud smeared into our hair,
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."
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.