Definition of sickle in US English:

sickle

noun

  • A short-handled farming tool with a semicircular blade, used for cutting grain, lopping, or trimming.

    • ‘The vast gold curtain that is still decorated with a herringbone of hammers and sickles rises, the orchestra starts to play, the dancers move.’
    • ‘Every station is embellished and decorated: delicate stars and hammers and sickles somewhat incongruously scattered about as decorative motifs.’
    • ‘Ma'dan blacksmiths make fishing spears, reed splitters, sickles (curved cutting tools), and nails for the canoes.’
    • ‘The police later executed a preplanned raid of the penitentiary and seized hundreds of weapons, including knives, swords, sickles, machetes and other dangerous weapons.’
    • ‘Other times I sought refuge in the safe haven of grandfather's forge and helped him to make sickles or horseshoes by manning the big bellows.’
    • ‘They use no machinery, only human labor and simple tools such as axes, knives, hoes, scythes and sickles.’
    • ‘Consistent with their agricultural roots, both dances, which are among the many competitive dances of Bagika and Bagalu, are often performed with farm implements such as hoes or sickles.’
    • ‘Six people were injured in the latest clashes between the two neighborhoods on Thursday which saw the use of Molotov cocktails and sickles by both parties.’
    • ‘The world looks on with bated breath as two old rivals get together moulding their swords into sickles and ploughshares.’
    • ‘He was also responsible for linking the Druids to mistletoe, white robes, golden sickles, and herbal medicines, all of which are part of the popular perception of Druidism today.’
    • ‘Most continued to use the same tools as their grandparents: scythes and sickles for reaping wheat and cutting grass, and wooden plows and harrows.’
    • ‘Normal hemoglobin is adult or Hb A. In active tissues with reduced oxygen, Hb S crystallizes into rods that aggregate and make cells look like crescent shaped harvesting sickles.’
    • ‘The weapons were cut up and remade into 4,000 hoes, sickles, shovels, and other garden implements for redistribution.’
    • ‘He arranged two lines of men with flails, clubs, pitchforks, sickles, and reaping hooks.’
    • ‘I was harvested with sickles, tied in sheaves and buried in the bog-holes until such time as the skin peeled off easily.’
    • ‘I asked Ahmad Khan one night as we drank sweet tea, under a sickle moon white as a picked bone that hung in the sky above us.’
    • ‘Then, one after another, they slit the men's throats with rusty harvesting sickles.’
    • ‘It took her two years to ask him out but a sickle moon and a small drop of ‘friendship’ helped.’
    • ‘Some researchers speculate that the shift occurred after people began using sickles to cut down barley and other wild grasses.’
    • ‘My classmates cut the wheat with small sickles.’
    billhook, scythe
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Origin

Old English sicol, sicel, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch sikkel and German Sichel, based on Latin secula, from secare ‘to cut’.

Pronunciation

sickle

/ˈsɪk(ə)l//ˈsik(ə)l/