Middle English Dictionary Entry

dēl n.(2)
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1.
(a) A division, part, portion; after del, of time: latter part; (b) in fractions: part; bi a thousand del, one thousandth part, one-thousandth; tenthe (tithe) del, tenth part, one-tenth, tithe [see also ferthen del, half del, halven del, thridden del]; (c) in recipes or mixtures: a proportional part; the greter del, in greater proportion; (d) that (the) other del, the rest, remainder; (e) in comparisons: times; bi a thousand del, a thousand times; bi the tenthe del, by ten times, ten times over; (f) ani del, any part (of sth.); gret del, much(el del, a large part (of sth.); greter del, more del, the greater part of (sth.), greater number, most; lesse del, the lesser number, minority; meste del, moste del, dreghest del, the most part (of sth.), greater part or number, most.
2.
(a) A share (of sth.), one's allotted portion; haven del in, to partake of (a certain nature); to del, as (one's) share; also fig.; (b) lot in life, destiny; haven the beter del, to get the better of someone, be victorious; setten del with, cast in (one's) lot with (sb., sth.), join.
3.
(a) Amount; feue del, a small number (of sth.); god del, a good deal; gret del, much (muchel, mikel) del, a great deal (of sth.), a great amount, a great many; litel del, a short time; a thousand deles, by the thousands; (b) degree, extent; alre meste del, al that meste del, for the moste del, moste del, the meste del, for the most part, chiefly, generally; gret del, in gret del, to a great extent or degree, much.
4.
(a) A bit, a whit; ani del, a whit, at all; ech a del, ech del, il del, ilk a del, ilk del, iwhilch del, every whit, entirely [see also everi del, som del, ech del]; (b) no del, nothing at all, not at all; non (nænne, nenne) del, nothing, none at all, not at all; not (nought) a del, not a bit, nothing, not at all; (c) never (nere) a del, never a bit, not at all.
5.
In cpds. and combs.: del mele [OE dǣl-mǣlum], part by part, bit by bit; del nimend [OE dǣlnimend], del takand, a sharer, partaker; del taking, sharing, partaking.
6.
In place names [see Smith PNElem. 1.126].