heddle (plural heddles)

  1. A component in a loom, being one of a number of similar components, through the eye of each of which a distinct strand of the warp is threaded.
    • 1948 January, Make Weaving Your Hobby, Popular Mechanics, Volume 89, Number 1, page 190 ↗,
      The heddles and heddle frames, Fig. 3, and the reed may be purchased from dealers in craftwork supplies.
  2. One of the sets of parallel doubled threads which, with mounting, compose the harness employed to guide the warp threads to the lathe or batten in a loom.
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heddle (heddles, present participle heddling; past and past participle heddled)

  1. To thread each strand of the warp through the eye of a heddle.
    • 1947, Rayon Textile Monthly, Volume 28, page 377 ↗,
      After each frame has been heddled, stand upright within easy reach until the full set has been completed.
    • 1994, Kim Mi-ju, Gender Division of Labor and Skill as a Factor of Sex Wage Differentials, Hyŏng Cho, Chang Pil-Wha (editors), Gender Division of Labor (in) Korea, Ewha Womans University Press, 116 ↗,
      After heddling she takes the reeds and arranges them as ordered. She knows that if reed denting is uneven, the textile is ruined.
Related terms
  • unheddled (adjective)

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