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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).

HEATER, n. Also haeter, heeter. Sc. usages:

1. An iron stand or rack on which scones or oatcakes are placed for toasting in front of the fire.Sc. 1829 G. Robertson Recollections 93:
[There was] a babret, or bakeboard, with its fluted roller, for forming and pressing out oat-cakes; a flat, iron girdle, for firing, and a heater, for toasting them.
Sh. 1918 T. Manson Peat Comm. I. 197:
Ill-helt ipo dis brunie. Dir no richt fat, an dir nae haeter ta set afore da fire.

2. A warming-up drink of liquor (Kcb. 1956).Edb. 1840 D. Sage Mem. Domest. (1889) 230:
They began the potations by swallowing a glass of whisky, as a heater as they called it, and then as a cooler after it, drank a bottle of twopenny or small beer.

3. A wedge-shaped bun glazed on top and sprinkled with sugar (Abd.2 c.1930; ne.Sc. 1956), so-called from its similarity in shape to a heater for a box-iron.Abd.29 1952:
Six or eight heaters are baked together in a round which is marked diagonally and each triangular section separated by hand from its neighbour after cooking.

4. A triangular piece of ground, esp. one at a road fork or one bounded by three roads or paths (Abd. 1953).

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"Heater n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 21 May 2022 <>



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