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swin·gle·tree

 (swĭng′gəl-trē)
n. Chiefly British
A singletree.

[From English swingle, wooden instrument used for beating flax, from Middle English, from Middle Dutch swinghel.]

swingletree

(ˈswɪŋɡəlˌtriː)
n
(Horse Training, Riding & Manège) a crossbar in a horse's harness to which the ends of the traces are attached. Also called: whippletree or whiffletree (esp US)
[C15: from swingle + tree (in the sense: a post or bar)]

whif•fle•tree

(ˈʰwɪf əlˌtri, ˈwɪf-)

n.
Northern U.S. a crossbar, pivoted at the middle, to which the traces of a harness are fastened for pulling a vehicle or a plow. Also called whippletree , singletree.
[1820–30; variant of whippletree]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.swingletree - a crossbar that is attached to the traces of a draft horse and to the vehicle or implement that the horse is pullingswingletree - a crossbar that is attached to the traces of a draft horse and to the vehicle or implement that the horse is pulling
crossbar - a horizontal bar that goes across something