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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.
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FLUDE, n., v. Also fluid; †fleed (mn., nn.Sc.). Sc. forms of Eng. flood. See P.L.D. §§ 35.1, 86, 93.1, 96.1, 100, 128, 146. [I., m., s.Sc. flød, flɪd, mn., nn.Sc. fli:d]w.Lth. 1724 W. Hamilton Poems (1760) 68:
What yonder floats on the rueful, rueful flude?
Sc. 1783 Lass of Roch Royal in Child Ballads No. 76 D xi.:
You're but a witch, or wile warlock, Or mermaid o the flude.
ne.Sc. 1828 P. Buchan Ballads I. 6:
Lang, lang will the ladyes look Into their morning weed, Before they see young Patrick Spens Come sailing ower the fleed.
Bch. 1897 Trans. Bch. Field Club IV. 81:
Fleed mark of the sea,” the turning point of the sea.
Hdg. 1903 J. Lumsden Toorle 39:
Siccan a crap as he has this year hasna been seen on Laighlea, I could bet, sin' Noah's flude itsel!
Cai. 1909 D. Houston 'E Silkie Man 6:
'E fleed'll be doon on's ae noo.
Lnk. 1919 G. Rae Clyde and Tweed 98:
Sangs flude my hairt, the whaups alane gang weepin', 'Mong muirs o' peat.
em.Sc. 1999 James Robertson The Day O Judgement 11:
His ragin wrath lunts shuits o flame
That frae his cheriot wheels ootspreid
An flude the warld an wap it roun
Wi seas o burnin reid.

Hence adj. floody, in flood, swollen, of a river. Slk. 1818 Hogg B. of Bodsbeck xii.:
I'm gaun down a floody water, down, down.

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