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Inwith, prep. and adv. (a.) Also: -uith, -wyth. [ME. inwith, -wið (a 1225), prep. and adv.: cf. Within. After c 1420, chiefly Sc. Cf. Inouth.]

A. prep. 1. Within, inside of (a place, or a boundary of some kind). Freq. coupled with outwith.(1) 1501 Doug. Pal. Hon. I. 252.
Inwith the water the noyis dois not abound
Ib. 259.
Thair is na air inwith waters nor seis
1509 Prestwick B. Rec. 41.
Ane hows of his inwyth the burgh
1513 Doug. x. xi. 32.
Turnus … spedis to this schyp, … and inwith burd can skyp
1542–3 Lanark B. Rec. 20.
That na out burges mak merchandise … inwyth the burche
1554 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 196.
To find stringis to all the bellis inwith the stepill
Brus (1571) v. 348.
Inwith the chancell
Ib. xi. 599. 1572 Peebles B. Rec. 344.
All vagabundis that hantis … inwith the liberte of burgh
(2) 1533 Bell. Livy I. 97/10.
He gart leif wide boundis baith outwith and inwith the wallis, callit Pomerie
1552 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 165.
That na maner of woll … be strikin up other inwith buithis or outwith
1568 Ib. III. 258.
To … cast doun all houssis jonyt to the toun wallis vtouth and inwith the samyn
1584 Edinb. Test. XIV. 162.
My wyf to be … intromissatrix with my haill gudis & geir inwith & outwith Scotland
1609 Breadalbane Doc. No. 385.
To schute … nather at deir nor ro inwith nor outwith the said forrest
1622-6 Bisset I. 299/26.
[To] tak the guidis that occupyis the ground inwith the house and outwith

b. On the inner side of. 1535 Stewart 51442.
Intumulat in Drumfermling … Ben in the queir sum thing inwith his quene
1602 Reg. Great S. 485/2.
Lineallie be the sey side to ane grit craigstane being inwith the fluid mark

2. a. At less than, under (a certain price or value or a certain age).(1) 1556 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 249.
To big ane myln … on his awne expens inwith the sowme of four scoir pundis
1576 Orkney Oppress. 48.
Thair gudis and geir war comprysit, meikle inwith the avale
(2) 1568 Waus Corr. 41.
Fowrscoir scheipis inwith fowr yeir auldis

b. Within, during (a period of time). 1585–6 Montgomery Mem. 227.
Being … informit inwith the nycht of his meitting the lord Sempill

c. In (one's keeping or possession). 1593 Edinb. Test. XXV. 255 b.
Guidis geir … belanging to hir inwith or outwith hir possessioun

B. adv. Within, inside. a1500 Seven S. 2198.
Couth thir sevyn bulleris slokinnit be Outwith as inwith ȝe suld wele se
c1420 Wynt. iii. 966 (W).
The fyre outwith kyndillit sa fast Till the smyth inwith at the last … wes dede
1531 Bell. Boece II. 227.
This toure was apparalit inwith with riche tapestreis
1587 Acts III. 522/1.
That the mouth [of the firlot] be reyngit about with a circle of girth of irne inwith and outwith
1595 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 587.
Spargeing the sangscoole in the new kirkȝaird inwith and outwith
That the … edge of the bottom … be paviit outwith toward the nethir syde and to be maid inwith plane and iust rewll richt
1618 Acts IV. 586/2.

C. adj. a. Within a country, civil, domestic (war). b. Inside, inner, interior. a. a1538 Abell 29 b.
He kepit trewis with the Romanis Britonis and Pichtis bot he had inwith batel
b. 1613 Soc. Ant. X. 222.
To thrie men that calffit the outwith buird and inwith buird

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