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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Nett, Neatt, Neath, Neitt, n. [Sc. varr. of Nut n., in the mod. dial. as nit, net.] a. ‘A small metal projection upon a spindle (of a clock, etc.) furnished with teeth, and engaging in a cog-wheel; a small spur-wheel’ (OED.). b. ? The nave of a wheel. (Also in later Sc. (of Renfrewshire) and south Eng. dial.) —a. 1621-40 Melville Commonpl. Bk. 29.
The number of the quheills of gryitt and small cloaks … with the numbere of everie hack or tooth, of everie neitt and quheill belonging to the same
The nett of the foirsaid quheill that guydis the midquheill
Ib. 31.; etc.
The neatt of the saills quhilk the midquheill maks to go
b. 1609 Hilderstoun Silver Mines I. 246 b.
For whooping the neathis of the quhelis with wodden whoopes

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