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Gird, Gyrd, v.1 P.t. and p.p. gird, girdit. [ME. gird(e, gerd(e, gorde, gurde (c 1205), of obscure origin.]

1. intr. To ride rapidly or with force; to rush or spring. With that come gyrdand, in a lyng, Crystall off Seytoun; Barb. ii. 417.
He gyrd throw renk with sword in hand; Alex. i. 1344.
Gaudifeir … Come gaily girdand him agane; Ib. ii. 1623.
He … Gyrdit fast by and socht him nocht; Ib. 1644.
With that come girdand in greif ane woundir grym sire; Gol. & Gaw. 86.
Eneas gyrd abufe hym with a brayd; Doug. x. xiv. 161.
Full knichtlie com thir men of armis cleir, Girdand so fast as ane fireflochtis glance; Clar. ii. 925.

2. tr. To draw (a sword) quickly. Thai … girdit out suerdis on the grund grene; Gol. & Gaw. 848.

3. tr. and intr. To strike or smite; to pierce. Ane Arraby with ane dart … Gyrd quyte throw his body out; Alex. i. 1815.
With that the meir gird him vpon the gumis; Henr. Fab. 1014.
Hypanys eik and Dymas … war by thar fallowis throw gyrd bath twa; Doug. ii. vii. 118.
The dynt … throw the corslettis glydis, Gyrd throw the cost persyng baith the sydis; Ib. x. vi. 109.

b. intr. To make a stroke, deliver a blow. Usually in leit gird. The tuchet gird to the golk & gaif him a fall; Howlat 834.
He leit gyrd to the King, … And hit him vnder the eir; Rauf C. 149.
Thair vith the grume … leit gird to schir Kay; Gol. & Gaw. 105.
Ib. 934.
Thay girnit and leit gird with granis; Christis Kirk 141.

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