A Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language

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Harper & brothers, 1900 - English language - 633 pages
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Page 293 - On mortgage Prof. Skeat ('Etym. Diet.') quotes Webster:— " It was called a mortgage or dead pledge, because, whatever profit it might yield, it did not thereby redeem itself, but became lost or dead to the mortgagee on breach of the condition." So Littleton (sect. 332) says the land " is taken from him for ever, and is dead to him...
Page 620 - ... Cupola. ^-A dome-like vault on the top of an edifice, usually on a tower or steeple, as of a public building. The word as commonly used means a small tower or turret built on the top of a building. ' Curb-plate. — The plate in a curb-roof that receives the feet of the upper rafters. Dado. — The die or square part in the middle of the pedestal of a column, between the base and the cornice ; also that part of an apartment between the plinth and the impost moulding. Dentil. — An ornamental...
Page 297 - The word is imitative, from the sound mum or mom, used by nurses to frighten or amuse children, at the same time pretending to cover their faces.
Page 559 - Whig is a shortened form of whiggamor, applied to certain Scotchmen who came from the west to buy corn at Leith ; from the word whiggam, employed by these men in driving their horses. A march to Edinburgh made by Argyle was called ' the whiggamor's inroad,' and afterwards those who were opposed to the court came to be called whirs.
Page 317 - ... beds" in 1. 219. 217. doth, if the correct reading, is probably an instance of the old third person pi. in -th; see Abb. 334. 218. ordinance, cannon, the old spelling of the word which we now write 'ordnance'; "it orig. meant the bore or size of the cannon, and was thence transferred to the cannon itself . . . ' Engin de tette ordonnance, of such a bulk, size, or bore' Cotgrave
Page 620 - a trough.'] A small boat or skiff; sometimes also 'a canoe,' ie dug out of a single trunk. This word is not merely Anglo-Indian ; it has become legitimately incorporated in the vocabulary of the British navy, as the name of the smallest ship's boat ; [in this sense, according to the NED, first in Midsliipman Easy (1836)].
Page 625 - To punish in the seamen' s way, by dragging the criminal under water on one side of the ship, and up again on the other.
Page 210 - Hue (2), clamour ; see Hoot. Huff, to puff, bluster, bully. (E.) The old sense is to puff, blow hard ; hence to bluster, vapour. An imitative word, like puff. Cf. Lowl. Sc. hauch, a forcible puff, AecA, to brealhe hard ; G. hauchen, to breathe, ^f To huff, at draughts, simply means ' to blow ; ' it was customary to blow upon the piece removed ; cf.
Page 300 - The pi. mews now means a range of stabling, because the royal stables were rebuilt (AD 1534) in a place where the royal falcons had been kept (Stow).
Page 599 - Doublets are words which, though apparently differing in form, are nevertheless, from an etymological point of view, one and the same, or only differ in some unimportant suffix.

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