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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gaffle A lever to bend crossbows.
    • Gaffle An artificial spur or gaff for gamecocks.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gaffle A portable fork of iron or wood in which the heavy musket formerly in use was rested that it might be accurately aimed and fired.
    • n gaffle The steel lever by the aid of which crossbows were bent.
    • n gaffle An artificial spur of steel put on a cock when it is set to fight.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. AS. geafl, fork, LG., D., Sw., & Dan. gaffel, G. gabel, W. gafl, Ir. & Gael. gabhal,. Cf. Gaff


In literature:

The gaffle of a cross-bow.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth

In poetry:

A crossbow old, with lathe and gaffle grim,
And carven stock, hung in a castle hall—
Mere bricabrac, but on the distance dim
It sketched De Jourdan's quarrel, Richard's fall.
"To A Realist" by Maurice Thompson