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1A rod used to level off a heaped measure.
- ‘Rotating the strickle around the mould ensures that it is circular.’
- ‘This last application of the strickle was used to accurately delineate decorative bands on the piece, as well as to locate the position of the trunnions.’
- ‘Among the necessary tools for their construction, we can mention as basic, a bench drill machine or manual, strickles, wrenches and as accessory instruments males and wicks of different caliber.’
- ‘The auction was accompanied by a market where you might buy smoked or salted fish and meat, wooden articles like scythes and strickles and of course beer and the local speciality: black coffee with snaps.’
- ‘Secondary strickles are less obvious but, strangely enough, more important, and therefore more demanding of time, both in selection and execution.’
- ‘The strickle and loam process is a well practiced and cheaper way for making large round shaped castings and is used in bell foundries.’
2A whetting tool.
- ‘Many cutting tools were sharpened with strickles or whetstones.’
- ‘In 1885 Alfred Lawson purchased the Redenhall foundry but apparently he did not use any of its strickles or stamps.’
- ‘The whetting of the scythe's blade with the 'strickle', smeared over with grease and fine sand, producing an edge like a sharp knife, was a familiar sound.’
- ‘The sides of the strickle are smeared with grease upon which fine gritty sand is sprinkled freely; nothing gives a better edge to a scythe than this.’
Old English stricel ( strickle); related to strike. strickle dates from the mid 17th century.
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