Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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AWTE, AAT, n. The grain of wood, stone, etc. [ɑ:t]

1. The texture, in respect of closeness, hardness, etc. ne.Sc. 1898  W. G. in E.D.D.:
The tree is hard i' the awte.

2. The natural plane of cleavage. Nai. 1813 ,
W. Leslie Gen. View Agric. Nairn and Mry. 448:
Awte. The line in a stone where it naturally may be split by the strokes of the hammer, or where the block in the quarry may be separated from the cliff.
Bnff. 1930 2 :
Aat, a seam in a rock. “There's nae an aat in that steen.”
Abd. 1825  Jam.2:
Awte. The direction in which a stone, a piece of wood, etc., splits; the grain.

3. A flaw in a stone (Jam.2 1825, for Abd.). ne.Sc. 1898  W. G. in E.D.D.:
That awte i' the stane macks't o' nae eess [= use].
Bnff. 1930 1 :
Awte, the grain in a quarry running the wrong way and spoiling the stone, is in very common use.

[Origin obscure.]

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