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STRENTH, n. Also I.Sc. strent. Gen.Sc. form of Eng. strength. See P.L.D. § 79. Also in Mid.Eng. and n.Eng. dial. Deriv. strenthen. [′strɛnθ]

A. Sc. forms: Sc. 1701  Seafield Corresp. (S.H.S.) 343:
I hope she will strenthen my name.
Sc. 1705  R. Wodrow Analecta (M.C.) I. 81:
I gote strenth of body.
Wgt. 1794  G. Fraser Lowland Lore (1880) 69:
The strenth of the water over threw my mear.
Sh. 1879  Shetland Times (23 Aug.):
Hit wis nae üse a tryin' ta “keeve” wi' him, his strent wis afu'.
Ork. 1908  Old-Lore Misc. I. v. 174:
The sun wis gettin' a bit o' strent.
Abd. 1917  D. G. Mitchell Clachan Kirk 20:
Yer priests boast o' yer strenth.

B. Sc. usage, obs. in Eng. since 17th c.: a stronghold, a fortress. Sc. 1722  W. Macfarlane Geog. Coll. (S.H.S.) I. 305:
A considerable hight called Clatchar on the top of which the Picts of old had a great strength.
Sc. 1815  Scott Antiquary xxvii.:
The ancient ruined strengths and castles that ane sees amang the hills.
s.Sc. 1837  Wilson's Tales of the Borders III. 265:
The old strength of Roseallan cannot now boast even a site on the face of the earth.
Sc. 1860  C. Innes Scot. in Middle Ages 314:
The great strengths of the kingdom, Edinburgh, Roxburgh, Stirling, Dunbar.
Sc. 1957  Hist. Monu. Slk. (H.M.S.O.) 163:
Not all strengths were tower-houses.

[O.Sc. strenth, strynth, 1375.]

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