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Bate, Bait, n. 1 Also: bat, batt-; baite, bayt(e, beytt. Cf. Bote n. [Northern ME. bate, bat (ME. bote, boot, bot), OE. bát.]

1. A boat. (a) He with sevintene in a bat; Barb. xiii. 645.
A bat apone the se bot gouernale; Leg. S. xvi. 210.
In the se The carle wod to the bat; Ib. xxvii. 497.
Schippis, forcastis [sic], or battis; Acts I. 360/2.
Wyttale gud … Thai gert in to thare battis lay; Wynt. viii. 4225.
Of ilke gret bat, sex pennys; 1458 Reg. Great S. 143/1.
For a dusane of aris to the bat; 1489 Treas. Acc. I. 124.
To the foure officiaris that keipit the newe hevin that na battis suld pas furth; 1560–1 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 344.
(b) Tyll Jamys of Dowglas … Fand a litill sonkyn bate; Barb. iii. 418.
The vndirwardane arivit was With thre batis; Ib. iv. 401.
Of the bate he lape belyfe; Leg. S. i. 32.
Thai lad it in a bate; Ib. iv. 248.
Fra scho sawe that bate sayland; Wynt. vi. 2032.
In a bate Fra Rothisay thai held the gate; Ib. viii. 4136.
Of ilk greite bate, … of ilk small bate; 1447 Dundee Chart. 24.
Batis cumand within the said hawin; 1458 Reg. Great S. 143/1.
The bate that the King past our in; 1488 Treas. Acc. I. 98.
Ane half bate estimat to tuentie poundis; 1568 Edinb. Test. I. 228.
(c) Thare bayt in thai hynte; Leg. S. xvi. 561.
Schype, na bayt, na yhit galay; Wynt. vi. 1451.
With his bait thai mycht weill passage hawe; Wall. ix. 1305.
Thre baytis that brocht the gun callit Duchal; 1489 Treas. Acc. I. 123.
For a bayte that careit the wrychtis … to the loche; 1494 Ib. 247.
Eduard … stall away in a bait; Asl. MS. I. 209/12.
Our al the feildis … thai may row a bayt; Doug. ii. viii. 106.
The teynd fisch of twa baytis; 1522 Acta Conc. MS. XXXIII. 33.
Ane bait was brocht to Rome to bring him oure Tyber; Bell. Livy I. 282/13.
To byg, beit, and uphald the half of the said bait; 1553 Lanark B. Rec. 24.
In ane small bait the ferrie ouir he wan; Rolland C. Venus ii. 683.
Be schip, crayar or ony bait or vther veschell; 1563 Acts II. 543/2.
Intil a bait upon Lochlowmond But boddum, air, or ruther; 1572 Sat. P. xxxi. 101.
[The Scots] ȝeid betuix tham and thair schipis and baittis; Pitsc. II. 104/12.
Oney of the beyttis keippeyche; 1607 Urie Baron Ct. ii.

2. Attrib. with croft, hire, stoup (= post). To the gunnaris batehire; 1494 Treas. Acc. I. 240.
The ferry bate of Spey … with the bate croftis pertenyng thairto; 1517 Reg. Privy S. I. 456/1.
The gait that passis … direct southe to the bait stoup of the said watter; 1603 Lanark B. Rec. 113.

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