Swin"gle (?), v. i. [Freq. of swing.]

1.

To dangle; to wave hanging.

[Obs.]

Johnson.

2.

To swing for pleasure.

[Obs. or Prov. Eng.]

 

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Swin"gle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Swingled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Swingling (?).] [See Swingel.]

1.

To clean, as flax, by beating it with a swingle, so as to separate the coarse parts and the woody substance from it; to scutch.

2.

To beat off the tops of without pulling up the roots; -- said of weeds.

[Prov. Eng.]

Forby.

 

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Swin"gle, n.

A wooden instrument like a large knife, about two feet long, with one thin edge, used for beating and cleaning flax; a scutcher; -- called also swingling knife, swingling staff, and swingling wand.

 

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