Definition of heddle in English:
One of a set of looped wires or cords in a loom, with an eye in the center through which a warp yarn is passed before going through the reed to control its movement and divide the threads.
- He explains the complex task of laying out the long warp and threading the heddles.
- Adding heddles to the loom was like adding drums to the dance.
- A single heddle makes a weave known as ‘tabby’, and by the use of several heddles quite complicated ‘twills’ and ‘herringbone’ patterns could be woven.
early 16th century: apparently from an alteration of Old English hefeld.
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