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Rane, Raine, n. Also: ran; rayne; reane. [Only Sc., of unknown origin. Cf. Gael. rann, OIr. rann quatrain, verse or stanza. Cf. also Rame n. and v.]

1. In a rane, continuously, ceaselessly.In the quot. f. Howlat, perh. with the additional connotation of meaninglessness, after 2 below. a1400 Leg. S. iii 989.
Bot ay the bischope in a rane [pr. arane] Beheld hyr bewte, and nocht fane
Ib. xxxix 251.
He … cryit ay in til a rane [: Damyane]
c1450-2 Howlat 45 (A).
[The Howlat] Rolpit … in a rude rane
1560 Rolland Seven S. 3176.
Euer spendand in ane rane, Quhill all that he hes is quyte gane
Ib. 7989.
Quhair suld be rest, thay rattill ay in a rane
a1570-86 Dunb. Maitl. F. 289/7.
A fule … Cryis gif me gif me in till a rane
a1605 Montg. Flyt. 521 (T).
The ky … rairing ran rid wood, rowtand in a rane [H. raine, 1629 reane]

2. A long string of words, a more or less meaningless utterance, a rigmarole; a prolonged cry. c1420 Wynt. ii 883.
Swa suld I dulle hale yhoure delyte, And yhe sulde call it bot a rane [ed. arane]
Ib. viii Prol. 24.
Sa that the fors al of my dyt In til a lumpe to be our-tane And to be defamyt as a rayne
c1420 Ratis R. 244.
To tell thé al how mycht befall, To lang a ran men wald it call
c1450-2 Howlat 794 (A).
Sa come the ruke with a rerd and a rane roch
1501 Doug. Pal. Hon. 132 (L).
Thow barrant wyt … Schaw now thy beggit termis mare than thryis, Schaw now thy ranys
Id. Æn. viii Prol. 66.
The ralȝear raknys na wordis, bot ratlis furth ranys, Full rude and royt ressons baith roundalis and ryme
a1570-86 Maitl. F. 241/34.
This is our auld a rayne [: gane, wane]

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