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Definitions for whiffletree
ˈʰwɪf əlˌtri, ˈwɪf-whif·fle·tree

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. whiffletree, whippletree, swingletreenoun

    a crossbar that is attached to the traces of a draft horse and to the vehicle or implement that the horse is pulling


  1. whiffletreenoun

    a whippletree


  1. whiffletree

    A whippletree, or whiffletree, is a mechanism to distribute force evenly through linkages. It is also referred to as an equalizer, leader bar, or double tree. It consists of a bar pivoted at or near the centre, with force applied from one direction to the pivot and from the other direction to the tips. Several whippletrees may be used in series to distribute the force further, such as to simulate pressure over an area as when applying loading to test airplane wings. Whippletrees may be used either in compression or tension. They were also used for subtraction and addition calculations in mechanical computers. Tension whippletrees are used in artful hung mobiles, such as those by artist Alexander Calder.


  1. whiffletree

    A whiffletree, also known as a whippletree or a swingletree, is a mechanism used to distribute force evenly through linkages. It is often used in farming to hitch a plough or similar agricultural tool to a draft animal, such as a horse or ox, in order to spread the pulling force evenly. The term may also refer to similar devices used in a variety of mechanical systems, including in computer hardware.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Whiffletreenoun

    same as Whippletree

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Whiffletree

    hwif′l-trē, n. a swingletree.—Also Whip′pletree. [From whifle, to turn. Cf. Whiff.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of whiffletree in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of whiffletree in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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