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Bele, Beil, Beal(l, v. [Of obscure origin.]

1. intr. To swell with moisture. The wattyris wox as thai war woude, … Belyde [W. beillit] boggys than out brystyd; Wynt. i. 401.

b. To swell with morbid matter; to suppurate. This well … So holsome was that it wold asswage Belyng hertis and the wenyme pres; Asl. MS. II. 250/101.
Now sall the byle all out brist, that beild has so lang; Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 164.
A byle that is lang beilit Brekis at the last; Bann. MS. 329/51.
I feill a byll within my bosum beill; Montg. Misc. P. vi. 10.
In my hand began to beall a crewall catarh; Melvill 497.
ȝe prayed God nor the foill burst and beall; 1624 Misc. Abbotsf. C. 145.
The uncertentie of my wiffs helth … in regaird her breist is beald; 1675 Stirlings of Keir 507.

2. To swell with rage, to fill with rancour. Quhen the Kyng Edward … Had herd off this deid full tythand, All breme he belyd in to berth; Wynt. viii. 1775.
His hert rais in his breste and belit sa, that unes mycht he lest for ire; Hay I. 59/19.
My breist that wes gret beild, bowdyn wes sa huge; Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 345.
This Fynell … hatit the king; daily hir mynde contrare him was mare belit; Boece xi. xii. 429 b.

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