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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).

Cabil, -ill, n. Also: cabyll, -ell, -all, cable; caibell, caible; kabill, kable. [ME. cabil(le, cabell, cable, kable (c 1205), F. câble. See also Capill n.2] A cable. The Latinized cabla occurs in 1263 Exch. R. I. 14.(a) 1428 Exch. R. IV. 433.]
[Pro duabus cabillis emptis
1450 Ib. V. 382.
Pro una magna corda, vulgariter cabil nuncupata, pro magno bumbardo regis
1457 Ib. VI. 310.
Pro una grossa fune dicta cabil, alteri graciliori fune eciam dicta cabill
De quibus funibus videlicet cablis
1474 Treas. Acc. I. 53.
To Thome Pulti … passand to North Berwic for ankeris and cabillis
a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 221.
Our crevist cabillis all at a cast will crak
1489 Treas. Acc. I. 129.
Eftir at the Kingis schip … tynt hir cabillis and odir grayth
1511 Ib. IV. 304.
Tua pecis cabillis of lyne ȝarne
1513 Doug. i. iv. 26.
Perbrakit schippis but cabillis thar mycht ryde
Ib. iii. ix. 95; etc.
Bot ȝhe, … fle this cost, and smyte the cabil in twayne
1533–4 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 66.
That the said schip be weill furnist with ankers and cabills
1531 Bell. Boece I. p. li.
The marineris … cum with ane stark cabill in ane boit
Of hir skin … is maid strong cabellis
1549 Compl. 40/14.
Than the marynalis began to veynd the cabil, vitht mony loud cry
1560 Rolland Seven S. 7389.
Thay … Raisit vp ankeris, and cabillis in thay drew
c1575 Balfour Pract. 640.
The master farther gettis of the ship takin be him … the best cabill and anchor
1602 Conv. Burghs II. 143.
Gif ane schip brelk lows, sua that ancker or cabill beis brokin
1611-57 Mure Dido i. 252.
Men cry, and caibles crack by Boreas beatne
c 1617 Melrose P. I. 292.
One of your maiesties schippis, … wes forced to saill ane anker and ane cabill
1648 Wemyss Chart. MS.
Anchoris, caibles, saills
(b) 1557–8 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 246.
For the recompance of ane gryt kable quilk wes borrowit
1586 Edinb. Test. XV. 349 b.
Ankeris, saillis, mastis, kabillis, … quhilk war recoverit of the flie boitt

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