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fall. Dev′il. 1. A machine for opening out the tussocks of cotton, and cleaning therefrom the dirt and offal. It has various other names, such as willower, willy, beating-machine, etc. See cotton-cleaning machine. 2. A rag-engine or spiked mill for tearing woolen rags into shoddy, or linen and cotton rags to make paper pulp. 3. A machine for making wood screws. Dev′il-car′riage. A carriage used for moving heavy ordnance. A sling-cart. Dev′il's claw. A grapnel. Dew-point. The point of temperature at which the moisture of the air commences to condense. See hygrometer. Dew-ret′ting. The process of softening and removing the mucilage from the fibrous and cellular portions of the stalks of flax and hemp, by exposure to dew, showers, sun, and air upon a sward. See Retting. Dex′trine. A gummy material made from starch and largely used in the manufacture of calico. Its name is derived from its right-handed rotation of a ray of plane polar