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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Noumerable, Num(m)erable, N(o)umberable, a. [ME. noumberabile (Rolle). noumbrable (Wyclif), e.m.E. numberable, numerable (Cotgrave), OF. nomb-, numbrable, L. numerābilis.] a. Capable of being numbered or counted, countable. b. In musical ‘number’ (Noumer n. 9) or proportion. c. Numerous. (This sense only Sc.). —a. a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 1010 (Harl.).
Thai drew him on the croice with violence, His vanis frett, his banis war numerable [Asl. novmerable; Arund. severabill], Cavillit his clething
b. c1550-c1580 Art of Music 25.
Schawand be signis the nummerable strenth of ewerry noittis colorat and decolorat
c. 1596 Dalr. I. 14/20.
A certane toune copious in citizenis and verie numerabie
Ib. II. 427/22.
The Quene gatherit ane hoste numberable anuich … to the weiris scho sent into Scotland
1680 Carr Lodge Mother Kilwinning 105.
A novmberable companie of the massons of the said lodge

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