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Weit, n. Also: weitt, veit, ueit, weyt(t, wete, weat, weet, wet(t, watt, wite, uitt. [ME and e.m.E. wæte (Orm), wete (c1200), wet (a1240), wat (Cursor M.), wate (Rolle), weete (Piers Plowman), weytt (Cath. Angl.), weate (1523-4), wett (1577), OE wǽt.]

1. Wetness, damp, moisture. Applied once to the sap of a plant. There is overlap in some instances with sense 2. A cowyne Tha mad til hyme met … & pykyt withovt, That of wet it had na dowt, & closit it sa wele that he Suld nocht for vattyr peryst be; Leg. S. xii 52.
The wand of Aaron, dry but wete, To burioun nocht blynnis; Henr. Annunc. 43.
Robert Bulman … tuk me … and schaw how the veit come in his hous; 1539 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 213.
Hydis to saif the pulder from weit; 1543–4 Treas. Acc. VIII 252.
xxiiij pyonaris … quhilkis drew the cannonis and artalȝe … withtin the munitioun hous to saife the stokis thairof from weit; 1544–5 Treas. Acc. VIII 341.
Mending of the samyn and kippill werk abone the volt thairof [sc. the parish church] for saulftie of the samyn fra weit; 1563 Reg. Privy C. I 247.
For lynning of ane almory … quhar money wreittingis wer spilt be the weit fallin doun the wall; 1564 Edinb. Old Acc. II 196.
xij small dalis to cower the saittis in the est kirk to keip the watt fra the mennis claythis; 1588 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 331a.
Salt and uther girnell guid subject to the perrell off weyt and rayn; 1595 Aberd. Pynours 68.
Lint seid quhairof ane great part spoyled with weitt; 1649 Edinb. Test. LXIV 170a.
The skayth of the raine weit in the housses; 1670 Kirkintilloch B. Ct. 27.

2. Wetness of weather; wet weather; rain. Also proverb.b. An instance of rain; a period or occasion of rain or wet weather. Also pl. Chiefly applied to excessive, long-lasting or violent wet weather. (a) The rois with froist and wynter weit Faidis; Henr. Fab. 1584.
Now calde weddyr, now hett; Nowe moist, now drowth; now wauerand wynd, now weit; Wall. iv 340.
In summeris day full oft is sene Thir emotis … With litill weit thai wit away; Gray MS vi 65.
Lyke as quhen the gret ithand weit [Ruddim. wete] or rayn, From the clowdis furth ȝet our all the playn; Doug. xiii viii 21.
Ane wonderus ewill day of weitt; 1554 Corr. M. Lorraine 387.
To David Graham, masoun … for beiging up of dyvers hoillis … quhar the weit drafe in; 1561–2 Edinb. Old Acc. II 161.
Quharthrocht nychtbouris stuff suld incur no skayth nor danger of weit … gif weddyr serwis; 1563–4 Inverness Rec. I 113.
Thair fell weit in grit aboundance; Knox II 417.
Thair raise so great ane bobe of wind … and so great ane clude of raine … that quhene the wind and weit mett to gither [etc.]; Pitsc. II 81/6.
Thair fell xx dayes togidder sic horribill tempestis of snaw rain and weitt that [etc.]; Pitsc. II 238/4.
The thak thairof resaveis weit and rane; 1583 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I 310.
Weytt; Cullen Chron. Aberd. 43 (see West northwest n.).
The earth, for lacke of weit, With withering drouth; James VI Poems I 10/5.
No preaching by reason of ane storme of weit impeding the minister from crossing waters; 1650 Ellon Par. 107.
(b) Ane horribill tempest … made this nobil prince … invisibill with thik schoure of wete and myst; Bell. Livy I 41/10.
(c) For besides the surfett weat … the myst was so thick [etc.]; Knox II 269.
(d) Watt & wind; Rob Stene 9.
(e) They fand within the said kirk … ane pairt quhair the wett haid raint that haid becum grein … and haid vaschin the lym therfra; 1618 Elgin Rec. II 155 n.
(f) Weet; 1622 Chron. Perth 88.
Their days sall be such then that they sall never get a foul day nor a sour blast of wind or weet; Henderson Serm. 490.
(g) Uitt & raine [v.r. wite]; James VI Poems II 131/13.
proverb. This wind wil hav weit; Ferg. Prov. MS No. 1355.
Let the weit hald doun the wind; Carmichael Prov. No. 1062.
Meikle eat wald have meikle weit; Carmichael Prov. No. 1114.
b. A huge weyt gan down powre and tumbill; Doug. v xii 53.
Derth of victalis … throw intemperate & excessive wetis; Bell. Livy I 287/30.
In harvest fell sic ane rane and weit [etc.]; Stewart 46111.
Terribill windes with raine and weittis quhilk continewit xlviij houris togidder; Pitsc. II 312/1.
Continual caldes, … mony weitis, deip snawis; Dalr. I 5/20.
Falkland … efter greit weittis in sommer, is not accessibill; 1611 Fife Synod 28.
The goiss symmer … in Morray, but wyndis, weitis, or ony storme; Spalding I 49.
Vpone the 3rd of October, … thair fell out … ane cruell weit dynging on nicht and day, but lightnning wp whill the 13th of October; Spalding I 81.
Throw gryte invndationis of weitis … ane bar … of sand … stoppit the mouth of the harberie; Spalding I 83.
All Februar and a great pairt of Marche wer full of havie weittis; 1655 Nicoll Diary 152.
As tigris flees the uattirris & the ueitis; James VI Poems II 91/17.
Weet; 16… Macfarlane's Geog. Coll. III 38.
proverb. After a wind there commes a weit; Carmichael Prov. No. 108.
A wisnand wind wald have a weit; Carmichael Prov. No. 250.

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