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stad·dle

 (stăd′l)
n.
A base or support, especially a platform on which hay or straw is stacked.

[Middle English stathel, from Old English stathol; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]
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staddle

(ˈstædəl)
n
1. (Agriculture) a support or prop, esp a low flat-topped stone structure for supporting hay or corn stacks about two feet above ground level
2. (Agriculture) a supporting frame for such a stack
3. (Agriculture) the lower part of a hay or corn stack
[Old English stathol base; related to Old Norse stothull cow pen, Old High German stadal barn]
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stad•dle

(ˈstæd l)

n.
1. the lower part of a stack of hay or the like.
2. a platform or supporting frame for a stack.
3. any supporting framework or base.
[before 900; Middle English stathel, Old English stathol base, support, tree trunk, c. Old High German stadal barn, Old Norse stǫthull milking place; akin to stead]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.staddle - a base or platform on which hay or corn is stacked
pedestal, stand, base - a support or foundation; "the base of the lamp"
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References in classic literature ?
Even as you may see in coppice woods; if you leave your staddles too thick, you shall never have clean underwood, but shrubs and bushes.
The tops of staddles were usually circular, making it almost impossible for a rodent to climb up into the hay or grain stored above and also, air could circulate freely beneath the stored crops to help keep it dry.
For every acre felled, the owner had to leave at least twelve standing trees, sometimes called "standards," "staddles," or "storers," which then grew to maturity.