Definition of heddle in English:


Syllabification: hed·dle
Pronunciation: /ˈhedl


  • 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.
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    • 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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