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1. ā n.(1)

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(a) The letter A of the alphabet; cp. a-per-se; (b) the letter A used in enumeration, in labeling a diagram or a square on the chess board, the recto of a folio, a star, etc.; (c) the dominical letter…

2. ā n.(2)

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River, stream; -- in names of streams and places [see EPNSoc. 1 (pt. 1.1) & 5 (pp. 161, 165)].

3. a adj.

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4. a indef. art.

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Referring to an unspecified, or as yet unspecified, member of a class or representative of a type; -- (a) as the first unit in a noun phrase [the usual construction]; (b) before an adj. modifying a…

5. a prep.(1)

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Unstressed var. of on & of in early ME.

6. a prep.(2)

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(a) In various phrases taken from OF; see a- pref. (2) 3; (b) in surnames derived from place names, such as a Becket, Anorthbrok.

7. a conj.

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And; -- linking (a) noun phrases, (b) verb phrases, (c) sentences; (d) introducing a sentence.

8. ā interj.

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An exclamation used in a great variety of situations to express attitudes and emotions ranging from admiration to scorn and from joy to grief, or simply to attract attention; -- (a) alone; (b) before…

9. a Latin abbrev.

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In the year of our Lord.

10. a- pref.(1), in verbs

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In verbs inherited from OE:(a) From OE ā-: a-biden, a-breken, a-fallen, a-reren, a-risen, a-senden, a-waken, a-winnen, and many others. (b) From OE on-: a-biden (also an-biden), ppl. a-knoue(n (also…

11. a- pref.(2), in adverbs

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From early ME a prep., derived from unstressed an before nouns, adjs., and advs. beginning with a consonant [OE on, an]. (a) Orig. noun phrases: a-beggeþ, a-bedde, a-blode, a-clokke, a-dai(es,

12. a- pref.(3)

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Occasional variant of i- [OE ge-] in past ppls. and in some other words, as anough beside inough, enough; aware beside iware.

13. a-angred ppl.

Additional spellings: aangred
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Irritated, upset.

14. ab n.

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In weaving: the woof.

15. abaciste n.

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One who performs calculations with an abacus, an arithmetician.

16. abacus n.

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Abacus, the instrument, and the art of calculating with it.

17. abælien v.

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Rouse to anger, provoke.

18. abai n.

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(a) The act or occasion of keeping a hunted animal at bay by barking dogs; (b) of dogs: holden at abai, keep (an animal) at bay; stonden at abai, surround an animal; hunten to abai, chase (an animal)…

19. abaien v.

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(a) Of hunting dogs: to bay or bark beside a hunted or slain animal; (b) to bark; (c) of a person: to bark (at sb.), speak rudely.

20. abaiing ger.

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Barking; -- used fig.

21. abaillen v.

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(a) To furnish bail or surety; (b) to pay bail to (sb. for deliverance of a prisoner).

22. abaishaunce n.

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Lack of composure, ?fear.

23. aba(i)shement n.

Additional spellings: abaishement
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(a) Lowering (of prices); (b) embarrassment, dread, fear.

24. abaishen v.

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(a) To lose one's composure, be upset; -- refl. & intr.; (b) ben abaished, be upset or perplexed (as by fear, shame, surprise); contextually: be afraid, embarrassed, surprised; (c) waxen (becomen)

25. abaishing ger.

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Bewilderment, dismay.

26. abait n.

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(a) A setting on (of dogs), pursuit; (b) excitement; power to excite.

27. abaiten v.

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(a) To incite; to set (a dog on game); (b) to excite (the flesh), make eager.

28. abak adv.

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(a) Of motion: to the rear, backward, back; away; gon bak, stirten abak, throuen abak, fallen abak; drauen abak, withdraw; (b) of direction: back; loken abak; speken abak, reply; (c) of position…

29. abakward adv.

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(a) Backward; drauen or ten abakward, pull back; retreat; loken abakward, look back; turnen abakward, reverse; (b) toward a worse state; gon abakward, degenerate.

30. abandonen, -ǒunen v.

Additional spellings: abandounen
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To give up or surrender (sth.).

31. abandǒun n.

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Control; under abandoun, under (one's) control; yeven (putten) in or to abandoun, put at (someone's) disposal.

32. abandǒun adv.

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(a) Under control, at one's will; (b) at will, unchecked; (c) freely, fully.

33. abandǒuning ger.

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Surrender.

34. abās adv.

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Down, low; maken abas melodie, to stop singing.

35. abatailled ppl.

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Fortified.

36. abatailment n.

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Battlement.

37. abate n.

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38. abātement n.

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(a) Lessening, loss; (b) impairment, infringement; (c) lowering (of prices), depreciation; deficiency, as in the weight of a coin; a deduction for light weight; (d) law the quashing of a suit or writ…

39. abāten, -i(en v.

Additional spellings: abati, abatien
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(a) To knock down or demolish (a wall, etc.); (b) to knock (sb.) down; strike down or defeat (an enemy); (c) strike (sail); cast down (a banner).

40. abater(e n.

Additional spellings: abater
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Something that alleviates pain, an analgesic.

41. abāting ger.

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(a) Decrease or loss; (b) impairment; (c) of the sun, a planet: decline, esp. with respect to influence.

42. abāven v.

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(a) To feel fear, surprise, etc.; (b) ben abaved, be upset by fear, surprise, or wonder; be afraid, embarrassed, puzzled, or amazed [largely contextual].

43. abbā n.

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Father! -- addressed to God & to an abbot.

44. abbāciāl adj.

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Pertaining to an abbey or an abbess.

45. abbater phrase or adv.

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?Down on the ground.

46. abbat(h)īe, -cīe n.

Additional spellings: abbathie, abbacie
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(a) The office, estate, or jurisdiction of an abbot; (b) an abbey.

47. abbatisse, -ice n.

Additional spellings: abbatice
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Abbess.

48. abbeie n.

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The office, estate, or jurisdiction of an abbot, abbacy.

49. abbes(se n.

Additional spellings: abbesse
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A woman superior of a convent of nuns.

50. abbicion n.

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Deviation, disagreement.

51. abbodesse n.

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Abbess.

52. abbodīe n.

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Abbacy.

53. abbod-rīc(h)e n.

Additional spellings: abbodriche, abbod-rice, abbodrice
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The office, estate, or jurisdiction of an abbot or abbess; an abbacy.

54. abbot n.

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(a) The superior of a convent of monks having the status of an abbey; (b) = abba, q.v.

55. abbotes horn phr.

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Some kind of horn, an abbot's hunting horn.

56. abbot-lāf n.

Additional spellings: abbotlaf
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A loaf of bread of some kind.

57. abbo(t)ship n.

Additional spellings: abbotship
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The office of abbot.

58. ab(b)reviāciǒun n.

Additional spellings: abbreviacioun
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(a) Shortness; (b) abridgement (of a story, etc.); an abstract or summary.

59. abbreviāten v.

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Shorten or abstract (a story, a set of plays, etc.); shorten (a period of time).

60. abdicacioun n.

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61. ā̆becẹ̄ n.

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An alphabet, esp. the Latin alphabet of 22 letters (lacking k and w, and distinct characters for j and v) arranged in fixed sequence; abece of Grew, abece of Hebru, abece of Latine men.

62. abecedary n.

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A spelling book or primer.

63. abēchen v.

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To feed, as the mother bird feeds a nestling.

64. abedde adv.

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In bed, to bed: (a) with ref. to sleep or rest; laien, bringen abedde, put to bed; (b) with ref. to amorous affairs.

65. abẹ̄den v.

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To present or deliver (a message).

66. abeggeþ, -ed adv.

Additional spellings: abegged
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gon abeggeþ, go begging.

67. abegging ger.

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gon abegging, go begging.

68. abeien v.

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(a) To bend (down); abeien face, incline the head; (b) to bow in homage (to sb.).

69. abẹ̄lden v.

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To grow bold.

70. abelef adv.

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Obliquely, slantwise.

71. abelʒen v.

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(a) To anger or incense (sb.); (b) to grow angry; warþ abolwen, became angry or incensed; was abelʒen, was enraged or incensed.

72. ābellī(che adv.

Additional spellings: abelliche
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(a) In an able manner, competently, effectively; (b) fittingly, suitably, appropriately.

73. abenche adv.

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On a bench; at table, in court.

74. aberdē̆n(e n.

Additional spellings: aberdene
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Sun-dried or salt codfish.

75. abēre n.

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Gesture, sign.

76. abēre adv.

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bringen abere, bring to the bier, cause to die.

77. abēren v.

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(a) Bear up, raise (sth.); aberen up; (b) aberen wæstm, fig. bear fruit [ref. to salvation].

78. abēring(e ger.

Additional spellings: aberinge
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Law god abering, good behavior, proper conduct.

79. abernen v.

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To burn up (sth.), consume in flames.

80. abēten v.

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(a) To knock (out teeth); (b) to strike down or humble (pride).

81. abet(te n.

Additional spellings: abette
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Incitement to evil; urging.

82. abettement n.

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Instigation to, or connivance in, an offense or crime.

83. abetten v.

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(a) To urge or incite (sb. to evil); encourage or abet (wrong-doing); (b) to encourage (sb.); promote (well-being).

84. abetting ger.

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Urging, encouragement, abetting.

85. abettǒur, -er n.

Additional spellings: abetter
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One who encourages or supports an offender.

86. abhomināble adj.

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Of a thing, a sight, a disease, an action, etc.: physically loathsome, disgusting, repulsive; abhominable to the stomak, nauseating.

87. abhomināblī, -āble adv.

Additional spellings: abhominable
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(a) In an abominable manner, disgustingly; (b) disgustingly, extremely.

88. abhomināciǒun n.

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(a) Physical loathing, disgust, nausea; abhominacioun of wlatsomnesse, nausea; haven abhominacioun of, to be disgusted or nauseated by (sth.); abhominacioun of stomak; (b) moral abhorrence; haven

89. abhor(r)āble adj.

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Abhorrent, detestable.

90. ?abhorraciǒun n.

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Loathing.

91. abhorren v.

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(a) To shrink from (sth.) physically, loathe, dislike; (b) to shrink from or dread (death, adversity, etc.); (c) to regard (sth.) with repugnance, detest, abhor.

92. abidden v.

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To pray; pray for (sth.).

93. abīde n.

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A delay, tarrying.

94. abīden v.

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(a) To wait, be patient; (b) abiding time, a period of waiting; (c) impers. it abod not long er, it was not until; (d) in proverbs.

95. abīder n.

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(a) One who stays in a place, a sojourner, a dweller; (b) one who is constant or steadfast, one who perseveres.

96. abīding ger.

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Tarrying, delay, hesitation; withouten abiding, without delay, immediately.

97. abīdinglī adj.

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Over a long period of time; continually, unceasingly; with perseverence, steadfastly.

98. abīen v.

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(a) To buy or pay for (sth.), obtain at the cost of labor or suffering; abien bargain, pay for a purchase; fig. pay the penalty for an action; abien time, pay interest on money; abien dere (bitter(li,

99. abiete n.

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100. abi hauk n.

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A kind of hawk.