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Hald, Hauld, n. Also: halde, hawld. [Northern ME. hald, halde, hauld, OE. hald, heald (rare).]

l. The act of taking or keeping in the hand; a grasp or grip. Also fig. a1400 Leg. S. i. 730.
This [= thus] he ȝalde The spyrit, of god in-to the halde
Ib. xxiii. 453.
The spryt … That he resawit in his hauld
1572 Sat. P. xxxiii. 74.
The murtherars unto my heid did fle, Quhar thay tuik hald
1587-99 Hume iv. 52.
Hir mortall stang sall nocht take halde on thee

b. Hald again, keeping back, retention. a1508 Kennedy Flyt. 491.
Na hald agayn, na hoo is at thy hips

c. Detention, imprisonment. 1567 Sat. P. vii. 187.
King Euenus was keipit in strang hauld
1572 Maitl. Q. lxi. 32.
Quho tuik king Hareis money … our cardinall to keip in hauld

d. = Halding vbl. n. 1 (3). 1523 Wigtown B. Ct. 145 a.

2. A place of stay, an abode or dwelling.Repeatedly used by Douglas. a1400 Leg. S. i. 87.
He … in harde presone hym thrynde, And but met hild hym in that halde
c1420 Wynt. v. 2988.
Quhen thai sayd hym that thai walde Ken hym to that bestys halde
c1475 Wall. v. 178.
Thai … Ordanyt to soupe in to that sembly hauld
1513 Doug. iii. ii. 29.
Appollo, within his hallowit hald Or tempil
Ib. ix. 56.
A gousty hald within, laithly to se
Ib. iv. iv. 72.
Thai seik to haldis, howsis, hyrnys and beildis
1540 Lynd. Sat. 31 (B).
Se no misdoaris be so bawld, As to remane in to this hawld
1560 Rolland Seven S. 7680.
Quhair he watchit thair was na hous nor hald

3. A stronghold. c1475 Wall. vi. 711.
Thar hors thai left in to that litill hauld
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 371.
The renkis raithly can raik into the round hald
1513 Doug. iii. ii. 36.
We thé beseik that schaw … thou wald To ws … sum strenth and stalwart hald
1562-3 Winȝet II. 5/1.
I think that our new citie of Ierusalem suld be sa strang an hald
a1578 Pitsc. I. 164/28.
He wald … oftymes war them and chase thame to thair haldis
1614 Melrose P. 145.
There is great appeirance of muche blood schadding before the houss and halds can be takin

4. A device for taking fish. 1607 Reg. Great S. 672.
Piscariam salmonum … cum ceteris lie skarris, draughtis, haldis, laikis et nettis

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