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Keckle \Kec"kle\, v. i. & n. See Keck, v. i. & n.


Keckle \Kec"kle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Keckled; p. pr. & vb. n. Keckling.] (Naut.) To wind old rope around, as a cable, to preserve its surface from being fretted, or to wind iron chains around, to defend from the friction of a rocky bottom, or from the ice.


vb. (context nautical English) To wind rope or chains around (a cable etc.) to protect its surface from friction, abrasion, or ice.

Usage examples of "keckle".

Each Spaniard would have to sit astride the cable for a moment and grasp the edge of the port before coming through because it was only just a little wider than his shoulders, partly blocked by the cable itself and the rope keckling wrapped round it to prevent chafe.

And won’t it make Gabriel keckle when Geordie comes pantin’ ut the grees with the tompstean balanced on his hump, and asks to be took as evidence!