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Dele, Deil(l, n. Also: dell(e, deile, deyll, deale, deall. [ME. dele, deel, del, etc., OE. dǽl.]

1. A part or portion; a bit or whit. Chiefly in phrases used adverbially, esp. na dele, nocht or never a dele, and ilk(a) or everilk dele. See also Half-dele, Sum-dele. (1) Ane … said, ‘Away, I se yow weile’. The quhethir he saw thaim nocht a dele; Barb. x. 625 (E).
Drede na deile. For I sal helpe thé wondire veill; Leg. S. i. 321.
He the monk knew na dele; Ib. xxx. 456.
The Inglismen had na deile Cowerit hors; Wynt. viii. 6744.
I nor myne lufis him neuer a deill; Alex. i. 932.
Men may find weill Sum men that can nocht greif a deill Ane man [etc.]; Ib. ii. 4930.
He … Kest doun his sper, and sonȝeit nocht a deyll; Wall. v. 926.
This helpys nocht a dell; Ib. xi. 1164.
Ane blist band that bindis so fast That none vndo it a deill may; Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 48.
As to the text accordyng neuer a deill; Doug. xiii. Prol. 117.
Sen he wes borne ȝit saw he neuir a deill; Stewart 220.
(2) He mycht haiff conqueryt weill The land of Irland ilka dele; Barb. xvi. 326 (E).
He to-fruschyt hyr ilk dele; Ib. xvii. 667.
I persawe wele Thi gilry euir-ilke dele; Leg. S. xxxiii. 732.
Swa the destyne wes welle Fulfillyd and haldyn ilke delle; Wynt. v. 2137.
Ourepassyd thai dayis ilka dele; Ib. 3846.
Ȝe can richt wele Record of lufe euerilk dele The stoundis; Alex. ii. 2468.
My sheld is bendit ilka dele; Ib. 3433.
He … gart the god eite wp his flesche ilk dele; Henr. Orph. 520 (A).
The [sper] schafft to-brak ilk deyll; Wall. iv. 452.
His spens was als large As of befor euerilk deile; Seven S. 873.
As I schaw sall the veritie ilk deile; Doug. ii. iv. 35.
This text is full of storys euery deill; Ib. iii. Prol. 31.
Thir gydis all … Saiffit thame self fra drowning euery deill; Stewart 11720.
Clariodus all wnderstud at ryght, Palexis had tauld him ever ilke deale; Clar. ii. 103.
Schawing everie deill Thair grit infortoun; Ib. iii. 2148.

2. (Ane) grete dele, a large number or quantity. Usu. adverbially = greatly, much. Of maydinnis and of ladyes great deill Assembled war; Alex. ii. 10927.
Thou, far bettir, and gret deill worthiar To bair the riall ceptyr; Doug. xiii. vi. 123.
We … exhort the latter marinaris … to lat down ane grete dele thair hie sailis; Winȝet I. 3/24.
I salbe clengit … quhyttar than the snaw gret deill; Scott xxxvi. 31.
Whiche war ane gryte deall moir satisfactorie to ws then his writtin declaratioun; Spalding I. 221.

3. A part or portion. = Dale n.2 2 and 2 b. To requyre Superintendents to be placed … in the Mers, … Tweddall, and the rest of the deales in the South not provydit; 1564 Bk. Univ. Kirk I. 53.
The cottaris deallis, and aucht akeris of land occupyit by the fischeris of Ferne; 1600 Acts IV. 241.
The tua dealles of land lyand betuix the lands of Grainge and Haltounehill; 1633 Ib. V. 125/1.

4. Dealing, intercourse; = Dale n.2 4 (esp. 4 c). Thai ar nocht strenȝeit ane of thame to haue fleschly deill with wthire; Irland Mir. I. 73/6.
The king … said that him behufit than For hele haf deile with a woman; Seven S. 1216.
The devillis tuke liklynes of men and had carnale dele with tham; Asl. MS. I. 198/2.
Wee will haif na mair deall with thé Then with the Queene of Farie; Lynd. Sat. 1254.
He hes grantit that he had carnall deyll wyth hyr; 1566 St. A. Kirk S. 279.
The said Iames and Agnes haid carnall deall togethir; 1595 Hist. Logie I. 80.

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"Dele n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 28 May 2018 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/dost/dele_n>



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