Middle English Dictionary Entry

hālen v.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) To drag or pull (sb. or sth.) from one place or position to another; haul; (b) to draw up (sth.), raise; ~ up; (c) to draw (an arrow); ~ to the hokes, draw back the release-catches of a crossbow; ~ up bridel, tighten the reins; ppl. haled, of hose: pulled up, drawn tight; (d) ~ (up) anker, to draw up an anchor; ~ boue-line, pull in a bowline; ~ (up) seil(es, hoist sail(s; (e) to make (sth.) shrink or contract.
Fig. To draw (sb.) from one condition to another; uplift (the heart); ~ up, raise (one's state).
To take a drag or pull at (liquor), drink; ~ of, take a drink from (a cup).
(a) To exert a drawing or hauling force; (b) to exert a magnetic force.
To pull or tear at (sb. or sth.).
(a) To move with haste or impetuosity from one place to another; hasten, rush; (b) to flow, run; ~ out, run out, pour forth; (c) of a period of time: to pass; (d) to extend in space, stretch, reach.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • a1400(?a1325) Bonav.Medit.(1) (Hrl 1701)909 : Þey haled harde ar hyt wulde be, Þe nayles stokyn so fast yn þe tre.
  • Note: Additional quote(s)
    Note: ?Sense 2.(a)

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • ?c1400(1379) Daniel *Treat.Uroscopy (Roy 17.D.1)f.61ra (2.7) : Þe spiritual membres hauen mykel of þe aire to here fodyng kyndly & þerfor kyndely þai spiren, i. þai sende oute eire & hale into hem aire.
Note: ?New sense: 'to draw in (air, breath)'.