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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Dyk(e, v. Also: dik(e, dyik, dyck. [ME. dyke, dike, OE. dícian.]

1. tr. To surround or enclose with a ditch or wall.According to English chroniclers used by the Scots at the siege of Berwick by Edward I in 1296. 1375 Barb. xvii. 271 (E).
That he … will … To the toune ane assege set, And gert dyk [C. dik] thaim sa stalwartly [etc.]
c1420 Wynt. v. 239 (W).
The cete All about of Rome fand he Dykit bot with faill or mude
1548 Stirling B. Rec. I. 52.
The said werk hous … weill wallit … with the yaird tharof dykit with stane and mortar
1564 Inverness B. Rec. I. 115.
That the kirk yard be biggit and dykit sufficientle … for stopping of horses and bestiall
1574 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. I. 265.
The cornis nov growand on the ground debaittable … to be schorne … and to be sufficientlie dyikit and preseruit frome skaytht
1597 Reg. Great S. 188/2.
As the samyne is parkit and dykit round about
1671 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. III. 359.
To cause dyk or ditch the highwayes

b. To close in, close or build up, shut out, by means of a dike. 1533 Boece xi. xviii. 443 b.
To the castell was ane narow passage quhilk eftirwart Danis distroyit, and dykit out the sey, filling it vp with erd
1556 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 320.
The aucht dayis expensis to dyk up the bulwart quhen it sandit
1582 Ib. IV. 230.
Jhone Jhonestoun, collectour, to caus dyke in the waist grund at the eist end of the duikis lugeing
1596 Dalr. I. 293/8.
This was a lang way, and dyket in on ilk syd
1624 Urie Baron Ct. 54.
The haill tennents … ar … ordeanit to gang … and dyik in hauld [sic] the watter to the milne
1674 Glasgow B. Rec. III. 180.
The whoill places quher they wer wont to bleitch and wash on ar dycked in and parked

2. intr. To make ditches or dikes. a1500 Bernardus 392.
Lat tham … tel and saw, and dyk and delff the erde, Or vse sum craft
1593 Lanark B. Rec. 110.
Ilk man to cast his pairt this yeir and to dik within ilk man pairt quhen it is corne

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