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Bate, Bait, n. 1 Also: bat, batt-; baite, bayt(e, beytt. Cf. Bote n. [Northern ME. bate, bat (ME. bote, boot, bot), OE. bát.]

1. A boat.(a) 1375 Barb. xiii. 645.
He with sevintene in a bat
a1400 Leg. S. xvi. 210.
A bat apone the se bot gouernale
Ib. xxvii. 497.
In the se The carle wod to the bat
14.. Acts I. 360/2.
Schippis, forcastis [sic], or battis
c1420 Wynt. viii. 4225.
Wyttale gud … Thai gert in to thare battis lay
1458 Reg. Great S. 143/1.
Of ilke gret bat, sex pennys
1489 Treas. Acc. I. 124.
For a dusane of aris to the bat
1560–1 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 344.
To the foure officiaris that keipit the newe hevin that na battis suld pas furth
(b) 1375 Barb. iii. 418.
Tyll Jamys of Dowglas … Fand a litill sonkyn bate
Ib. iv. 401.
The vndirwardane arivit was With thre batis
a1400 Leg. S. i. 32.
Of the bate he lape belyfe
Ib. iv. 248.
Thai lad it in a bate
c1420 Wynt. vi. 2032.
Fra scho sawe that bate sayland
Ib. viii. 4136.
In a bate Fra Rothisay thai held the gate
1447 Dundee Chart. 24.
Of ilk greite bate, … of ilk small bate
1458 Reg. Great S. 143/1.
Batis cumand within the said hawin
1488 Treas. Acc. I. 98.
The bate that the King past our in
1568 Edinb. Test. I. 228.
Ane half bate estimat to tuentie poundis
(c) a1400 Leg. S. xvi. 561.
Thare bayt in thai hynte
c1420 Wynt. vi. 1451.
Schype, na bayt, na yhit galay
c1475 Wall. ix. 1305.
With his bait thai mycht weill passage hawe
1489 Treas. Acc. I. 123.
Thre baytis that brocht the gun callit Duchal
1494 Ib. 247.
For a bayte that careit the wrychtis … to the loche
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 209/12.
Eduard … stall away in a bait
1513 Doug. ii. viii. 106.
Our al the feildis … thai may row a bayt
1522 Acta Conc. MS. XXXIII. 33.
The teynd fisch of twa baytis
1533 Bell. Livy I. 282/13.
Ane bait was brocht to Rome to bring him oure Tyber
1553 Lanark B. Rec. 24.
To byg, beit, and uphald the half of the said bait
c1550 Rolland C. Venus ii. 683.
In ane small bait the ferrie ouir he wan
1563 Acts II. 543/2.
Be schip, crayar or ony bait or vther veschell
1572 Sat. P. xxxi. 101.
Intil a bait upon Lochlowmond But boddum, air, or ruther
a1578 Pitsc. II. 104/12.
[The Scots] ȝeid betuix tham and thair schipis and baittis
1607 Urie Baron Ct. ii.
Oney of the beyttis keippeyche

2. Attrib. with croft, hire, stoup (= post). 1494 Treas. Acc. I. 240.
To the gunnaris batehire
1517 Reg. Privy S. I. 456/1.
The ferry bate of Spey … with the bate croftis pertenyng thairto
1603 Lanark B. Rec. 113.
The gait that passis … direct southe to the bait stoup of the said watter

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