heddle

[hed-l]
noun
one of the sets of vertical cords or wires in a loom, forming the principal part of the harness that guides the warp threads.

Origin:
1505–15; perhaps representing Old English *hefedl, a metathetic variant of hefeld (Middle English helde, ModE heald), cognate with Old Saxon hevild; akin to Old Norse hafald

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heddle (ˈhɛdəl)
 
n
one of a set of frames of vertical wires on a loom, each wire having an eye through which a warp thread can be passed
 
[Old English hefeld chain; related to Old Norse hafald, Middle Low German hevelte]

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For curves and large figures each heddle must be separately governed.
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