Definitions for flailfleɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

flailfleɪl(n.)

  1. an instrument for threshing grain, consisting of a staff or handle to one end of which is attached a freely swinging stick or bar.

  2. (v.i.)to beat or swing with or as if with a flail.

Origin of flail:

bef. 1100; ME fleil, OE flighel. See flagellum

Princeton's WordNet

  1. flail(verb)

    an implement consisting of handle with a free swinging stick at the end; used in manual threshing

  2. thrash, thresh, lam, flail(verb)

    give a thrashing to; beat hard

  3. flail, thresh(verb)

    move like a flail; thresh about

    "Her arms were flailing"

Wiktionary

  1. flail(Noun)

    A tool used for threshing, consisting of a long handle with a shorter stick attached with a short piece of chain, thong or similar material.

  2. flail(Noun)

    A weapon which has the (usually spherical) striking part attached to the handle with a flexible joint such as a chain.

  3. flail(Verb)

    To beat using a flail or similar implement.

  4. flail(Verb)

    To wave or swing vigorously

  5. flail(Verb)

    To thresh.

  6. Origin: flael, from flagellum, diminutive of flagrum.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Flail(noun)

    an instrument for threshing or beating grain from the ear by hand, consisting of a wooden staff or handle, at the end of which a stouter and shorter pole or club, called a swipe, is so hung as to swing freely

  2. Flail(noun)

    an ancient military weapon, like the common flail, often having the striking part armed with rows of spikes, or loaded

Freebase

  1. Flail

    The term flail refers to two different weapons: one a two-handed infantry weapon derived from an agricultural tool, and the other a one-handed weapon. The defining characteristic of both is that they involve a separate striking head attached to a handle by a flexible rope, strap, or chain. The two-handed variant saw use in a limited number of conflicts during the European Middle Ages. The two-handed flail is a hand weapon derived from the agricultural tool of the same name, commonly used in threshing. Only a limited amount of historical evidence exists for their employment in Europe during this era. These were deployed in Germany and Central Europe in the later Middle Ages. This weapon consists of a hinged bar connected to a longer shaft. In Korea the flail as an agricultural tool is called "dorikke" but as a weapon, it is called "pyeongon". The Japanese term for their equivalent of the ball-on-a-chain bludgeon is "rentsuru", while the Chinese version's name translates vividly into English as meteor hammer.

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