- 1British old-fashioned term for song thrush.More example sentences
- Coleridge also saw a bird in a larch tree, a ‘throstle’ or thrush in a larch appears in a version of what became his Dejection Ode.
- But at least the throstle is still there, keeping the memory and the spirit alive and that is very important.
- A stone along the way shows the nest of the throstle, or thrush, no doubt because the town is sometimes referred to as the’ throstle's nest of England.’
- 2 (also throstle frame) • historical A machine for continuously spinning wool or cotton.More example sentences
- Additionally, the historical development of the site appeared to reflect the progression of spinning technology through the water and throstle frames, and the self-acting mule.
- Mule and ring spinning started in place of the throstle frames.
- He had carding machinery and 9,000 throstle frame spinning spindles in a three storey building alongside the brook, and 240 looms in a weaving shed alongside Chaddock Lane.
Old English, of Germanic origin, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin turdus 'thrush'. sense 2 dates from the early 19th century and was apparently named from the humming sound of the machine.
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