Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BINNEN, BIN'IN', n. [′bɪnən, ′bnən Sc.; ′bɪŋən, ′bəiŋən Avoch, Crm.]

1. Binding of sheaves. Mry. 1873  J. Brown Round Table Club 339:
The corn needs . . . the same rape-makin', the same bin'in' . . . fither it be cuttit wi' machine or scythe.
Abd.(D) 1903  W. Watson Glimpses o' Auld Lang Syne 126:
When he had sounded my father on my capabilities at binin' . . . forkin' to the rick, etc. he fee't me.

2. (See quots.) Mry. 1914 2 :
In the fishing villages on the Moray Firth, binnen is used in a general way to indicate the piece of cord at the end of a line to fasten it to the one previously shot.
Bnff. 1927  (Whitehills) (per
Binnen, lines adjoining teesit, teydin and warly buoys: so “binnen of the swing.”

3. A tether. Abd. 1915  (per
4 :
Binnen, chain used for fastening cattle to their stalls.
w.Sc. 1887  Jam.6:
The cow brak fra the bin'in.
Uls. 1910  (2nd ed.) P. W. Joyce Eng. as We Speak it in Ireland 215:
Binnen; the rope tying a cow to a stake in a field.

[Orig. vbl. form in ing of Bind, v., q.v.]

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