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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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AWTE, AAT, n. The grain of wood, stone, etc. [ɑ:t]

1. The texture, in respect of closeness, hardness, 1898 W. G. in E.D.D.:
The tree is hard i' the awte.

2. The natural plane of cleavage.Nai., Mry. 1813 W. Leslie Gen. View Agric. Nairn and Mry. 448:
Awte. The line in a stone where it naturally may be split by the strokes of the hammer, or where the block in the quarry may be separated from the cliff.
Bnff.2 1930:
Aat, a seam in a rock. “There's nae an aat in that steen.”
Abd. 1825 Jam.2:
Awte. The direction in which a stone, a piece of wood, etc., splits; the grain.

3. A flaw in a stone (Jam.2 1825, for Abd.).ne.Sc. 1898 W. G. in E.D.D.:
That awte i' the stane macks't o' nae eess [= use].
Bnff.1 1930:
Awte, the grain in a quarry running the wrong way and spoiling the stone, is in very common use.

4. A crack or chap in the skin.Mry. 1932:
I have a bad awte in my thoum, I maun pit some roset in 't.

[Origin obscure.]

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"Awte n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 16 Jun 2024 <>



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