Definition of heddle in English:

heddle

noun

  • A looped wire or cord with an eye in the centre through which a warp yarn is passed in a loom before going through the reed to control its movement and divide the threads.

    • ‘He explains the complex task of laying out the long warp and threading the heddles.’
    • ‘Adding heddles to the loom was like adding drums to the dance.’
    • ‘A single heddle makes a weave known as ‘tabby’, and by the use of several heddles quite complicated ‘twills’ and ‘herringbone’ patterns could be woven.’
    • ‘A smaller variation of the belt-weaving loom, equipped with eight sets of heddles, is used to weave the silk headband worn at marriage by the women.’
    • ‘Looms of this type are so named because they are fitted with a number of supplementary heddles that would be ‘drawn up’ by one or more assistants to the weaver.’

Origin

Early 16th century apparently from an alteration of Old English hefeld (see heald).

Pronunciation

heddle

/ˈhɛd(ə)l/