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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Aw, Awe, n.2 Also: aa, ave. [e.m.E. awe (1503), alve, aue, F. aube.] A float-board of an undershot water-wheel. (Cf. Start n.) 1576 Reg. Great S. 101/1.
Sustentando dictum molendinum in omnibus necessariis, preter in new schrouddis to be mylne aves [etc.]
1591 Edinb. Test. XXIII. 339.
Fyve quheillis of start and aw, … aucht inner quheillis of start & aw
1609 Hilderstoun Silver Mines I. 223.
For the fraucht of the armes, startis, and aas of the whelis
1639 M. Works Acc. XXIX. 50 b.
For ane cutting of ane grit trie to be aves to the queillis
1640 Peebles Gleanings 251.
Ane aller trie to be awes to the auld milne
1646 Tulliallan Coal Wks. 196 b.
For caring off shrouding and aws to the quh(e)ill

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