Also found in: Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


1. One of a set of parallel cords or wires in a loom, used to separate and guide the warp threads and make a path for the shuttle.
2. A frame fitted with rigid wooden or plastic strips and used for the same purpose, especially in smaller looms.

[Probably alteration of Middle English helde, from Old English hefeld; see kap- in Indo-European roots.]


(Textiles) one of a set of frames of vertical wires on a loom, each wire having an eye through which a warp thread can be passed
[Old English hefeld chain; related to Old Norse hafald, Middle Low German hevelte]


(ˈhɛd l)

(in a loom) one of the sets of vertical cords or wires forming the principal part of a harness, through which the warp threads are drawn.
[1505–15; perhaps representing Old English *hefedl, a metathetic variant of hefeld (Middle English helde), c. Old Saxon hevild; akin to Old Norse hafald]
References in periodicals archive ?
COSLAs Environment and Economy Spokesperson Councillor Steven Heddle said:
I also enjoyed entries from Archie Heddle in Aberdeen, whose cheerful plot is enjoyed by neighbours; Kevin Tritschler's flowerpacked front garden in Hartlepool, and flower power in David Lewis's Leicester garden.
DAVIES Alun Yn frawychus o sydyn ar 4ydd Awst 2017 yn ei gartref Heddle, Stryd Newydd Llanbedr Pont Steffan, Alun, annwyl fab Gwenda a'r diweddar Gerwyn Davies (Castle Green), Llanbedr Pont Steffan, brawd hoffus Anita a Gareth, brawd yng nghyfraith Dilys ac ewythr i Nicola, nai annwyl Elsi, John, Ian a Margaret a chefnder i John a Janet.
Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS) is a clinical condition described in 2004 (Allen, de Moore, Heddle & Twartz, 2004) with which healthcare professionals that treat cannabis users (Contreras Narvaez et al.
Heddle Marine has entered new waters in the upper Great Lakes following its acquisition of the former Lakehead Marine and Industrial from a holding company last June.
During MN study intraspecific factors may affect the response in assays include age (Christine and Costa, 1983), sex (Urlando and Heddle, 1990) and diet (Virgano et al.
Our study provides strong evidence that transfusion of fresh blood does not improve patient outcomes, and this should reassure clinicians that fresher is not better,' said lead author Nancy Heddle, Professor at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada.
Justin Poyner, 44, of Heddle Grove, Bell Green, admitted stealing a mountain bike worth PS299 from Halfords.
St Johnstone - Balavage, Thomson, Heddle, Barron, Nicolson, Thompson, Sorbie, Cherry, Jenkins, Johnston, Irvine.
Their classes run the gamut from beginning knitting to rigid heddle weaving to social knitting nights.
While Guro carvers principally carved sacred masks, they also crafted smaller items such as weaving loom heddle pulleys, spoons and small chairs.
The biggest innovation is situated in the heddle motion where the shedding is 100% electronically controlled by the use of Smart Frames which are servomotor driven heddle frames.