cantle (plural cantles)
- (obsolete) A splinter, slice, or sliver broken off something.
1485 July 31, Thomas Malory, “Capitulum XXIII”, in [Le Morte Darthur], book I, [London]: Enprynted and fynysshed in thabbey Westmestre [by William Caxton], OCLC 71490786; republished as H[einrich] Oskar Sommer, editor, Le Morte Darthur by Syr Thomas Malory; the Original Edition of William Caxton Now Reprinted and Edited with an Introduction and Glossary by H. Oskar Sommer, Ph.D.; with an Essay on Malory’s Prose Style by Andrew Lang, London: Published by David Nutt, in the Strand, 1889, OCLC 890162034, page 023::
- him thought no worship to have a knight at such avail, he to be on horseback and he on foot, and so he alighted and dressed his shield unto Arthur. And there began a strong battle with many great strokes, and so hewed with their swords that the cantels flew in the fields, and much blood they bled both, that all the place there as they fought was overbled with blood,
- • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter xxiij, in Le Morte Darthur, book I:
- hym thought no worship to haue a knyght at suche auaille he to be on horsbak and he on foot and so he alyght & dressid his sheld vnto Arthur & ther begā a strong bataille with many grete strokes / & soo hewe with her swerdes that the cantels flewe in the feldes / and moche blood they bledde bothe / that al the place there as they faught was ouer bledde with blood
c. 1597, [William Shakespeare], The History of Henrie the Fovrth; vvith the Battell at Shrewsburie, betweene the King and Lord Henry Percy, Surnamed Henrie Hotspur of the North. With the Humorous Conceits of Sir Iohn Falstalffe, quarto edition, London: Printed by P[eter] S[hort] for Andrew Wise, dwelling in Paules Churchyard, at the signe of the Angell, published 1598, OCLC 932916628:, Act III, Scene i:
- See how this river comes me cranking in, / And cuts me from the best of all my land / A huge half-moon, a monstrous cantle out.
- 1600, Edward Fairfax (tr.), The Jerusalem Delivered of Tasso, Book VI, xlviii:
- Their armors forged were of metal frail; / On every side thereof huge cantles flies; / The land was strewed all with plate and mail, / That on the earth, on that their warm blood lies.
- John Milton (1608-1674)
- In one cantle of his law.
- The raised back of a saddle.
splinter, slice, or sliver broken off something
back part of saddle