Definition of hatchel in English:



  • another term for hackle (sense 3 of the noun)
    • ‘In this issue we will learn about that often overlooked tool used in flax processing, the hackle, also called a hatchel or a hetchel.’
    • ‘In addition to collecting and using my antique spinning wheels and weaving looms, I also have a collection of antique flax hetchels (also known as hatchels).’
    • ‘The crude fibers are combed with hatchels to yield the long spinnable fibers, the short fibers (pluckings or tow) remaining between in the steel teeth of the comb.’
    • ‘After opening the small cover, you will see two trails, right side and left side, where the hatchels shall be fixed, being toothed or straights.’
    • ‘One of these books contained illustrations of a hatchel and described how it was used.’


  • another term for hackle
    • ‘They then scutched and hatcheled which was mainly to get off the shaff. Then they spun the inner part of the flax on a flax wheel.’
    • ‘After the flax had been hatcheled, it was in the form of short, broken fibers called tow.’
    • ‘She caught rain water from eaves in a wooden trough; she washed, picked, carded and dyed the wool; pulled, broke, hatchelled, and bleached the hemp; spun the thread, and wove the cloth; designed the style, cut and made the garments.’
    • ‘Instead of sowing five pecks to the acre, sow five or more bushels, and you will raise flax as soft as silk; from such flax fibres can be hatcheled as fine as spinster's webs.’
    • ‘Flax was raised, and after grandfather had broken, swingled and hatchelled it, grandmother spun it into thread, which sold for $1.50 per pound.’


Middle English hechele, of West Germanic origin, related to hook.