heckle

4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Hatchel \Hatch"el\ (-[e^]l; 277), noun [OE. hechele, hekele; akin to D. hekel, G. hechel, Dan. hegle, Sw. h[aum]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}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Heckle \Hec"kle\, noun & verb (used with an object) Same as {Hackle}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Heckle \Hec"kle\, verb (used with an object)

1. To interrogate, or ply with questions, esp. with severity or antagonism, as a candidate for the ministry.

Robert bore heckling, however, with great patience and adroitness. --Mrs. Humphry Ward. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

2. To shout questions or jibes at (a public speaker), so as to disconcert him or render his talk ineffective. [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

heckle

noun

1: a comb for separating flax fibers [syn: {hatchel}, {heckle}]

verb

1: comb with a heckle; "heckle hemp or flax" [syn: {heckle}, {hackle}, {hatchel}]

2: challenge aggressively


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