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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Birding, Byrding, n. Also: -inge, -yng, berdin. [Northern ME. birdin, late OE. byrden, var. of byrðen Birthing. See also Burding.] A burden; a load carried. 14.. Acts I. 86*/2.
Of vther thingis outtakin birding bering [L. sarcina] of thing
Ib. I. 304/2.
Gif he opinis his birding [L. fasciculam] in the market to sell
c1460 Consail Wys Man 257.
Tak na byrding bot thow may bere
c1475 Wall. ii. 29.
A churll thai had, that felloune byrdyngis bar
1490 Irland Mir. fol. 340 b.
The snale that beris hir byrding on hir bak
1496 Treas. Acc. I. 292.
For beryng of a byrding of towis to the Castel of Edinburgh
1502 Ib. II. 151.
For xxiiij birding of raschis
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 165.
It to beir on my brist wes berdin our hevy
1513 Doug. xiii. iii. 66.
Allace! the hevy byrdyng of warldly geir
1549 Compl. 127/11.
Euere person sal bayr his auen birding
1558–9 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 297.
To Maxwell that fell over the heid of the wall with ane byrding of stanis
1570 Leslie 13.
She … causit to cary furth the barne … as ane birding of her awne clathes

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