staddle

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From Middle English stathel, from Old English staþol (foundation, base, support, position, site, estate), from Proto-Germanic *staþulaz (position, standing), from Proto-Indo-European *stā-, *sth- (to stand). Cognate with Middle Low German stadel (barn), German Stadel (ground, croft, stall, shed), Old Danish stedel (ground, croft), Icelandic stöðull (position). More at stand.

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staddle (plural staddles)

  1. (archaic) A prop or support; a staff, crutch.
  2. The lower part or supporting frame of a stack, a stack-stand.
  3. Any supporting framework or base.
  4. A small tree; sapling.
  5. (agriculture) One of the separate plots into which a cock of hay is shaken out for the purpose of drying.

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staddle (third-person singular simple present staddles, present participle staddling, simple past and past participle staddled)

  1. To form staddles of hay.
  2. (forestry) to mark a sapling to be spared during a cut down of trees

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