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Dede, Deid, a. Also: ded, deide, deyd(e, deed, daid. [ME. deed, ded(e, early dæd, dead, OE. déad.]
1. Of men or animals: Dead, no longer alive. Dede body, a corpse. (See also Corps and Cors.)(a) 1375 Barb. xiv. 302.
Thai … levit … Weill mony of thar gud men ded a1400 Leg. S. i. 142.
He that ded wese rase but bade Ib. xvi. 476.
Do caste we owt this ded body 14.. Acts I. 385/2.
That best aw to be prisyt how mekill it was worth ded c1460 Wisd. Sol. 615.
The ded barne, that neuer was borne 1513 Doug. ii. ix. 45.
Pyrrus … Smate hym down ded Ib. 47.
Thocht he was halfdeill ded 1515 Fife Sheriff Ct. 15.
That the said Walter suld be … hangyt quhil he war ded 1628 Misc. Hist. Soc. I. 103.
It is bruttit that Capitane Cokburne is ded(b) 1375 Barb. v. 369.
Men mycht se ly The twa part dede, or than deand a1400 Leg. S. Prol. 116.
Thai raisit dede men to lyff Ib. xviii. 1431.
As men doys to body dede 14.. Acts I. 25/2.
The landis … the fadre had the day he was quyk and dede Ib. 328/2.
Gif ony wylde best be fundyn dede c1420 Wynt. iv. 1204.
Mony wytht-in the towne wes dede Ib. vi. 1419.
In-to this graffe heyr dede he lyis 1456 Hay I. 50/18.
Quhare mony worthy man … was borne doune dede to grounde Ib. 245/30.
Quhat prouffits it to the dede lorde? 1533 Bell. Livy II. 142/31.
Sen his hous was vnchancy, & his son dede 1549 Compl. 60/7.
He sal be fundin dede, and his ene close c1552 Lynd. Mon. 5589.
Ryse, dede folk, cum to jugement(c) a1400 Leg. S. xxvii. 980.
Suddanly thai ware all deide c1420 Wynt. v. 288.
Quhen deide wes he Fele folk glad ware Ib. 5701.
Quhen this Eraclius wes deyde 1466 Acta Aud. 3/2.
The letter … thai decerne of na vale becaus the gifar tharof is deide c1475 Wall. iv. 73.
Gyff ony be deide befor ws vpon cas c1515 Asl. MS. I. 236/26.
Thar wes funding in Dumfermling a merwalous deid cors 1520 Fife Sheriff Ct. 191.
That he sould be hangyt … quhill he wer deyd 1535 Stewart 29764.
Edfridus … af his hors amang thame fell doun deid 1569 Lanark B. Rec. 46.
The said Jhone … strak and bludit him thairwith and left him for deid 1581 Hamilton Cath. Tr. 67 b.
Quhom of … mony ar ȝit alyff, vtheris deid 1596 Misc. Spald. C. I. 84.
Sche is … ordint to be brunt quhill she be deid 1628 Reg. Privy C. 2 Ser. II. 591.
[He stoned him as though] he had beene a deid carioun 1671 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 277.
Thomas Milne, … hade buried ane deid chyld of his … in ane kell yaird(d) c1590 J. Stewart II. 66/32.
Quhan the valȝant Alciode did ly Deed bullerand in his bluid 1625 Garden Kings 13.
He's slain and syne dishonor'd, being deed [: seed]
b. The dede, usually in collective or plural sense. c1420 Wynt. v. 3958.
To se the qwyk the dede dyspoyle c1500-c1512 Dunb. ix. 29.
Nor ȝit the deid to bury tuke I tent 1562-3 Winȝet I. 122/26.
The resurrectioun of the deid 1563-1570 Buch. Wr. 45.
To gnaw the bainis of the deed 1593 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. 395.
Ane trevis of tymer … to keip the deiddis bonnis in ordour 1600 Hamilton Facile Tr. 86.
Thay deny … sacrifice for the daid Ib. 87.
He causit pray for the daid 1632 Bamff Chart. 228.
Follows the debtis awand to the deid. He declarit that thair was restand awand to him [etc.] 1672 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 28.
The inhabitants … did always burie thair deid in the said common bureing place
c. Belonging to dead persons. 1517 Treas. Acc. V. 155.
To Capitane Glen v [= five] deid pais [= pays, wages] 1556 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 364.
Coft vij jestis to be ane tirleis to the deid banis at the south kirk dur
d. Of a shot: Causing death; effective. c1650 Spalding I. 374.
Thrie soldiouris [were] apoyntit … to schute thrie deid schottis at him whill he wes schot deid
3. In various figurative and transferred uses.(1) 1456 Hay I. 168/13.
[It] is lyke that he war dede bathe body and saule c1460 Thewis Wysemen 2734.
Faith. but gud deid, is bot ded a1500 Henr. Test. Cress. 32.
In the auld the curage [is] doif and deid 1489 Acta Aud. 129/2.
A … werrandisse of all clamis bath qwik and dede c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 420.
I drup with a ded luke 1531 Bell. Boece I. p. vii.
Every frute … Quhilk wes afore in to the winter deid 1576 Orkney Oppress. 49.
Quhilk acquittance … lay deid and sleipit, quhill now in hervest 1609 Skene Reg. Maj. 50.
The secund [paction] is vnlesome and vnhonest. And is called ane deid wad [L. mortuum vadium](2) 1530 M. Works Acc. I. 32 b.
For the inbringyn of deid sand to the laying of the said lystis 1563–4 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 444.
For deid sand to lay the fluris within the barris 1609 Hilderstoun Silver Mines I. 99.
For casting and carying away of ane midding of deid wark that lay besyd the shaft 1677 Rec. Old Aberd. I. 130.
They cast all the … deid earth in the ground of the [peat] pot in great heaps(3) 1533 Boece iv. xii. 144.
Sum parte … at dede nepe and lawich flude, sowmyng haistelie gat within the ile(4) 1558 Maitland Maitl. F. xvii. 32.
In to the deidest tyme of all the ȝeir 1613 Conv. Burghs II. 381.
They beand … constrainit to cum hom be Ingland in this deid and paroulus tym of ȝeir(5) 1586 Edinb. Test. XV. 197.
Ane steik of fustiane of deid cullour(6) ? 1641 Mun. Irvine II. 51.
For ilk tune of moirtchairge as madir and allum or ony uther deid weght
b. Dede auld, in extreme old age. 1603 Philotus lxxii.
My father … In mariage promisit me away, Upon ane deid auld man
4. Unconscious; in a swoon. 1569-73 Bann. Memor. 335.
He fallis flat doun on his face to the ground deid. … And when he had lyne half ane hour or thairby, he recovereth 1591 Crim. Trials I. iii. 236.
Sche and ane of hir sisteris careit hir deid to ane chalmer, quhair sche remanit frenettik thre or four dayes 1596 Misc. Spald. C. I. 95.
The womann was striken with sic feir, feill deid, and refusit to mell with sic a thing 1623 Crim. Trials III. ii. 549.
Thay gaif me ane deidlie straik, whairat thay strak me deid to the grund 1642 Aberd. B. Rec. III. 292.
Dinging hir violentlie to the earth, quhairthrow she lay deid 1663 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. I. 400.
Robert Carsill … strok him upon the head till he fell doun deid to the ground, and before he recovered he brok his arme 1688 Ib. XIII. 249.
The said Hellen … did fall doun deid, and contineued a considerable tyme as if she had bein deid
b. Inactive, torpid. 1596 Dalr. I. 104/3.
Quhairthrow thay may lang deid or slawe frome thair waipounis ly
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