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BEET, BEAT, BEIT, n.2 and v.1 [bit]

1. n. “A sheaf or bundle of flax, as made up for the mill” (Sc. 1825 Jam.2). Sc. 1743  R. Maxwell Select Transactions 330:
The first row of the lint is put in slop-ways, with the crop-end downward, all the rest with the root-end downward, — the crop of the subsequent beats or sheaves still overlapping the band of the former.
Sc. 1819  J. Rennie St Patrick III. 42:
I harl't ye out tae the stenners, as wat's a beet o' lint, an hingin' your lugs like a droukit craw.
Kcb. c.1885  Jas. Campbell in Vale of Urr Verses (MS. Collection) I. 107:
Then gathered in beits by the Farmer's lass A wee or Halloween. Scutched frae the showes [refuse], by the pearly Orr.
Uls. 1880  W. H. Patterson Gl. Ant. and Dwn.:
Beet. A small sheaf, or bunch of flax.

2. v. “To tie up flax in sheaves” (Sc. 1825 Jam.2). Sc. 1887  Jam.6 Add.:
“To beet a web,” is to prepare it for the weaver, by making up the several parts into bundles. vbl.n.

(1) “Beeting, beetin, beating, the assortment of bundles which the weaver carried home from the warehouse was called the beating of his new web” (Sc. 1887 Jam.6 Add.).

(2) (See quot.) Fif. 1930 3 :
Beetings. In warping from bobbins, the ends which have not run off.

Comb.: beiting-band. (See quot.) Kcb. 1929 3 :
Beiting-band. Bandage of a sheaf of flax or lint made of rushes dried in the sun and beaten on a flat stone.

[O.Sc. beit, a bundle of flax (15th cent.). From O.E. bēatan, to beat. See Sh. Baet and cf. Eng. strike, Sc. Strick (of flax, hemp, etc.).]

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