Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various Old World thrushes, especially a song thrush.
  • n. A machine formerly used for spinning fibers such as cotton or wool.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A song thrush.
  • n. A machine for spinning wool, cotton, etc., from the rove, consisting of a set of drawing rollers with bobbins and flyers, and differing from the mule in having the twisting apparatus stationary and the processes continuous; -- so called because it makes a singing noise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The song thrush. See under song.
  • n. A machine for spinning wool, cotton, etc., from the rove, consisting of a set of drawing rollers with bobbins and flyers, and differing from the mule in having the twisting apparatus stationary and the processes continuous; -- so called because it makes a singing noise.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A thrush; especially, the song-thrush or mavis, Turdus musicus. See thrasher, and cut under thrush.
  • n. A machine for spinning wool, cotton, etc., from the rove, consisting of a set of drawing-rollers with bobbins and fliers, and differing from the mule in having the twisting-apparatus stationary, and also in that it twists and winds simultaneously and continuously.

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

  • n. common Old World thrush noted for its song
  • n. a spinning machine formerly used to twist and wind fibers of cotton or wool continuously

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English Ć¾rostle, from Proto-Germanic *thrustalo, possibly altered from or a diminutive of *thurstaz. Cognate with German Drossel, Old Saxon throsla, Old High German droscala. (Wiktionary)

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  • Image can be found here.

    August 26, 2008

  • British nickname for the Song Thrush. Also nicknamed mavis.

    February 13, 2008

  • Mi trema un poco il. Beautiful on that tre her voice is: weeping tone. A thrust. A throstle. There is a word throstle that expressed that.
    Joyce, Ulysses, 6

    January 1, 2007