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Stor(e, Stoir, v. P.p. also: storred, stoared. [ME and e.m.E. store (1264), stord p.p. (Cursor M.), stoard p.p. (a1595), aphetic f. astore v., OF estorer (1155 in Greimas), L. instaurāre.] tr.

1. To furnish, supply, stock (also, with something). 1571 Sat. P. xxix 39.
To stoir the wordle lay on the las, sen it dois plainly say: Crescite, my douis, et multiplicaminay
1604-9 Grahame Anat. Hum. 18b.
To furnish his house, to store his citchin, and still to lend him money
c1641–54 J. Gordon in Macfarlane's Geog. Coll. II 531.
Sum rivers stoared with salmon
c1641–54 J. Gordon in Macfarlane's Geog. Coll. II 542.
Banks weel stored with water and wood

2. a. To breed, rear (cattle). b. intr. Of animals: ? To fatten and grow; ? to breed.a. 1566-70 Buch. Comm. on Virgil Georgics i 3, 4.
Qui cultus habendo Sit pecori, quis labor sit ut habeamus pecora, numerosam gregem, ut pecora sint foecunda, ut habeatur pecus (quhat travell suld be taken to store cattell)
1629 Black Orkn. & Shetl. Folklore 80.
[He] storit never ane calff of fyftene ky be the space of thrie yeirs
b. c1500 Fyve Bestes 383.
Schepe and nolt distroyit ar & deid … for the quhilk … this is the remeid To lat tham stand still that thai may store And multiply as thai war of before
1611-57 Mure Psalmes xli 6.
Iniquitie his hart stors wp

3. tr. To keep or put in store; to reserve, put by for stock or future use. b. To preserve, cause to increase or accumulate. Only in fig. context. c. intr. To accumulate.Also const. up. a1500 Colk. Sow iii 136.
Ressaif thow sall All thir gudis … Off thy chyld gift storit throw grace devyne Fro xxiiij hen eggis
1494 Treas. Acc. I 251.
To twa wrychtis to helpe to store and hewe the tymmyr
1654 Wemyss Corr. 98.
That housold stufe … were better bestoued on mee … than to be storred up for the moth and canker woorme
b. 1611-57 Mure Early Misc. P. xiii 10.
A painfull pastour … Quho … Receaued in grace, the heawins in sanctis hath stoired
1611-57 Mure Sonn. i 6.
Endles repoirt, wpon aspyring wingis, Thy hie, heroick verteues hath stoired
c. 1535 Stewart 35091.
The Inglismen … of the Danis war in to sic dreid, Seand thair power convales, and stoir, Ilk da be da

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