Definition of deckle in US English:



  • 1A device in a papermaking machine for limiting the size of the sheet, consisting of a continuous belt on either side of the wire.

    1. 1.1 A frame on the mold used to shape the pulp when making paper by hand.
      • ‘First, you need to get a frame, or mould and deckle.’
      • ‘The deckle holds the pulp in place until the water drains.’
      • ‘Once broken down it is washed, cooled, and then made into paper using a mold and a frame called a deckle, to determine size.’
      • ‘Stir the pulp well and place the deckle over the mold ensuring the mesh of the mold is face-up.’


Mid 18th century: from German Deckel, diminutive of Decke ‘covering’.