Definition of heavel in US English:

heavel

(also hevel, evel, havel)

noun

English Regional
Weaving
historical
  • A device on a loom which lifts and separates the warp to allow passage of the shuttle. Also: each of the looped cords or (later) wires forming part of this device.

Origin

Old English; earliest use found in The Epinal Glossary. Cognate with Middle Dutch hevelt (early modern Dutch hevelt; compare Dutch hevel), Old Saxon hevild (Middle Low German hēvelte), Icelandic hafald from the Germanic base of Old English hebban to lift + a Germanic suffix forming nouns of action or instrument.

Pronunciation

heavel

/ˈhiːvl/