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Land-brist, -birst, n. Also: -bryst, -byrst. [Land n.1 1 and cf. Brist v., Birst v. In the mod. dial. of Caithness as land-burst. Cf., in the same sense, Land-rusche and, in mod. Shetl. dial., landbrim.] The breaking of the waves on the shore. — 1375 Barb. iv. 444.
The vynde … gert sa the land-brist [H. -byrst] rys, That thai mycht weld the se na vis
1513 Doug. vii. Prol. 21.
Ryveris ran reid on spait with watir brovne, And burnys hurlys all thar bankis dovne, And landbrist [R. landbirst] rumland rudely with sik beir
Ib. x. vi. 111.
The prynce Tarchon can the schor behald Thar as hym thocht suldbe na sandis schald, Nor ȝit na land bryst [Sm. -brist, R. -birst], lyppyrryng on the wallys, Bot quhar the flude went styll

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