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NOUST, n. Also noost, nust, nowst; noast (Cai. 1903 E.D.D.); and aphetic form oast (Cai.). The place in which a boat is hauled up, gen. a scooped-out trench at the edge of a beach, surrounded by a shallow wall of stones, a boat-stance in gen. (Ork. 1825 Jam.; Sh. a.1838 Jam. MSS. XII. 155, 1908 Jak. (1928); I.Sc., Cai. 1964); a landing-place for a boat among rocks (Ork. 1825 Jam.) or shingle, also in form nouster (Ib.); a shore or prop for a beached boat (Cai. 1934, oast). Also fig. For comb. boat-noost, see also Boat, n.2, I. 3. (4). [n(ɔ)ust; Cai. nost] Sh. 1869 J. T. Reid Art Rambles 41:
Down to the boat-noust the trio hirpled.
Sh. 1885 Chambers's Jnl. (18 April):
Towards the end of December, Ned's boat was launched from the “Noost,” her snug winter-quarters behind the beach.
Sh. 1894 L. J. Nicolson Songs of Thule 79:
My fecht is owre wi' wind an' wave Da Noost is noo da quiet grave.
Sh. 1931 J. Nicolson Tales 55:
When a boat was taken from its “noost,” and put into the water, the bow had to be turned “sun-gaets.”
Ork. 1956 C. M. Costie Benjie's Bodle 7:
Jamie Peace sitting at the noust sorting his creels.

[O.Sc. newst, 1690, Norw. dial. naust(r), nøst, O.N. naust, a boat-shed, dock. The diphthongal form is due to Sc. influence.]

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