sickle


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sickle

sick·le

 (sĭk′əl)
n.
1. An implement having a crescent-shaped blade attached to a short handle, used for cutting grain or tall grass.
2. The cutting mechanism of a reaper or mower.
v. sick·led, sick·ling, sick·les
v.tr.
1. To cut with a sickle.
2. To deform (a red blood cell) into an abnormal crescent shape.
v.intr.
To assume an abnormal crescent shape. Used of red blood cells.
adj.
Shaped like the blade of a sickle; crescent-shaped: a sickle moon.

[Middle English sikel, from Old English sicol, from Vulgar Latin sicila, from Latin sēcula; see sek- in Indo-European roots.]

sickle

(ˈsɪkəl)
n
(Tools) an implement for cutting grass, corn, etc, having a curved blade and a short handle
[Old English sicol, from Latin sēcula; related to secāre to cut]

sick•le

(ˈsɪk əl)

n.
1. an implement for cutting grain, grass, etc., consisting of a curved, hooklike blade mounted in a short handle.
2. (cap.) a group of stars in the constellation Leo, likened to this implement in formation.
[before 1000; Middle English sikel, Old English sicol, c. Middle Low German, Middle Dutch sekele, Old High German sichila, all « Latin secula=sec(āre) to cut + -ula -ule]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sickle - an edge tool for cutting grass or cropssickle - an edge tool for cutting grass or crops; has a curved blade and a short handle
edge tool - any cutting tool with a sharp cutting edge (as a chisel or knife or plane or gouge)
haft, helve - the handle of a weapon or tool
Translations
مِنْجَل
srp
segl
sarló
sigî
pjautuvas
sirpis
kosák
skära

sickle

[ˈsɪkl] Nhoz f

sickle

[ˈsɪkəl] n (= tool) → faucille f
the hammer and sickle → la faucille et le marteausick leave ncongé m de maladie, congé m maladie
on sick leave → en congé de maladie, en congé maladiesickle-cell anaemia nanémie f à hématies falciformes, drépanocytose f

sickle

nSichel f

sickle

[ˈsɪkl] nfalcetto
hammer and sickle → falce e martello

sickle

(ˈsikl) noun
a tool with a curved blade for cutting grain etc.
References in classic literature ?
Let the end come as it may, here I am ready to profit by it: here I am, facing both ways, with perfect ease and security -- a moral agriculturist, with his eye on two crops at once, and his swindler's sickle ready for any emergency.
Then they rushed on and met those of the Slayers who stood before them, and the men of Dingaan were swept away and scattered by Groan-Maker and the Watcher, as dust is swept of a wind, as grass is swept by a sickle.
There was nothing in the way of fighting that Kala Nag, the old wise Black Snake, did not know, for he had stood up more than once in his time to the charge of the wounded tiger, and, curling up his soft trunk to be out of harm's way, had knocked the springing brute sideways in mid-air with a quick sickle cut of his head, that he had invented all by himself; had knocked him over, and kneeled upon him with his huge knees till the life went out with a gasp and a howl, and there was only a fluffy striped thing on the ground for Kala Nag to pull by the tail.
The cost of an efficient farm system is now so little-- not more than two dollars a month, that the present trashy lines are certain sooner or later to go to the junk-heap with the sickle and the flail and all the other cheap and unprofitable things.
The hilltop, the cool air of the night, the company of the great monuments, the sight of the city under his feet, with its hills and valleys and crossing files of lamps, drew him by all he had of the poetic, and he turned that way; and by that quite innocent deflection, ripened the crop of his venial errors for the sickle of destiny.
Any farmer, on viewing it, would have said that Jason must wait weeks before the green blades would peep from among the clods, and whole months before the yellow grain would be ripened for the sickle.
It was an Abyssinian or Nubian production of a bizarre shape; the clumsiest thing imaginable, partaking of a sickle and a chopper with a sharp edge and a pointed end.
He who wants to be a sickle must bend himself betimes.
Ay, you may mow down the leaves and the blossoms, but the roots of life lie too deep for your sickle to sever.
They merely wore a gayer air than was their wont, and some weapon could be seen glittering between the legs of each of them,--a sickle, an axe, a big two-edged sword or the hook of an old hackbut.
Young woods had been destroyed whole-sale by dragging wires, and the spoilt saplings, smashed or uprooted, lay in swathes like corn after the sickle.
The evening sky that had been so clear was clouded with smoke, through which, high up, the sickle of the new moon shone strangely.