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Meaning of HATCHEL

Pronunciation:  'hachul

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  comb with a heckle; "heckle hemp or flax"

HATCHEL is a 7 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: hackle, heckle
 See Also: comb



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Hatch"el\ (?; 277), n. [OE. hechele, hekele; akin to D.
    hekel, G. hechel, Dan. hegle, Sw. h["a]kla, and prob. to E.
    hook. See {Hook}, and cf. {Hackle}, {Heckle}.]
    An instrument with long iron teeth set in a board, for
    cleansing flax or hemp from the tow, hards, or coarse part; a
    kind of large comb; -- called also {hackle} and {heckle}.
  2. \Hatch"el\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hatcheled} or
    {Hatchelled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Hatcheling} or {Hatchelling}.]
    [OE. hechelen, hekelen; akin to D. hekelen, G. hecheln, Dan.
    hegle, Sw. h["a]kla. See {Hatchel}, n.]
    1. To draw through the teeth of a hatchel, as flax or hemp,
       so as to separate the coarse and refuse parts from the
       fine, fibrous parts.
    2. To tease; to worry; to torment. [Colloq.]