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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Abrede, Abreid, adv. Also: abbreid, abread. [M E. a brede, o brede, reduced form of on brede: see Brede n.] On or in breadth; widely, far and wide, abroad. 15.. Clar. iv. 2333.
Apollo with his beamis schone Ower … all the land abreid
1567 Reg. Privy C. I. 521.
The fame thairof wes … blawin abrede
a 1568 Sempill Sat. P. xlviii. 40.
Gif it be watt, … It tuggis in hoilis, and gais abbreid
a1585 Polwart Flyt. 203 (T).
Abreid, athort ȝour bankis and brais
1596 Dalr. II. 390/5.
As hæresie spred abreid
1587-99 Hume 26/36.
The golden globe … Displayes his beims abread

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