Middle English Dictionary Entry

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