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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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GLAISE, n. Also gla(i)ze, gles. A warm at a fire (Sc. 1818 Sawers, glaize; Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), gles), gen. in phr. a glaise (glaze) o' the ingle (fire) (Slk. 1825 Jam., Cai. 1900 E.D.D.). Comb. heat-glaise, sultry heat glow before thunder (Ags. 1954).Lnk. a.1832 W. Watt Poems (1860) 34:
When he had o' the ingle taen a glaise To set the blood in motion through his han's.
Ant. 1892 Ballymena Obs. (E.D.D.):
Sitting down and warming yourself at the fire would be taking a glaze o' the fire.

[O.Sc. has glaise, a.1566, a touch of fire, a burn, of uncertain origin. Phs. an extension of meaning from glaze, v. For the gen. notion, cf. Gloss, n., 2. and Gloze.]

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