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Met, p.p. and ppl. a. Also: mett, mete, meit(t, mit. [Late ME. (15th c.) and e.m.E. mett(e, wk. p.p. of Mete v.2, Met v. (Cf. Mettin ppl. a.).]

1. P.p. Measured, in senses of Mete v.2, Met v.(1) a1500 Henr. III. 150/7 (see Mesur(e n. 1 d). 1482 Edinb. Chart. 168.
Of ilk layd of vnyeons, apillis, corne, buttir, cheis or vther gudis met and sald in Leith
1493 Lindores A. 180.
The said fermys to be mett and payit to the said abbot
1516–17 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 165. 1550 Breadalbane P. No. 73.
Fourtie aucht boliis … eattis, mett with the furlott aboue writtin
1563 Reg. Cupar A. II. 277. 1573–4 Inverness Rec. I. 233. 1604 Dundonald Par. Rec. 51.
To haif sauld corn and beir … and to haif met and resaveit the same
1609 Inverurie B. Ct. 13 May.
The said Wm sall haiff for ilk nowlt four merkis meill mett with ane peck with ten merkis silver
1670 Aberd. Council Lett. V. 71.
The misor of Camfer is maid use of in Dort … quiche ocht … to be prohibited and goods to be mett only with Brabants misor
1679 Kirkintilloch B. Ct. 103.
Salt mett to the merchands custome is to the peckes
(b) 1425 Acts II. 10/2.
Ande in ilk … toun quhare the gudis ar saulde ande mete be the watter
(c) 1522 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 66.
That na meitlummes … pas in the mercat to be meit with
(d) 1609 Dundonald Par. Rec. 197.
Robert Duok … to have mit ane carfull of beir on the Saboth
(2) 1658 R. Moray Lett. 9/19 Mar.
It is as great a fault to have given me thanks by the heap to pay myself at the millar of Carstaris rate as to have met them out by your own hand
(3) 1579 Conv. Burghs I. 81 (see Jadge v.). 1600 Brown Paisley I. 227.
All manner of stoipis … be also met and messorit
1632 Cullen B. Ct. 21 Dec.
For not presenting of thair stoupis to be mett
(4) 14.. Acts I. 673/2.
The eln aw to conteyn in lenth xxxvii inch met with the thowmys of iii men … The thoum aw to be messurit at the rut of the nayll
1469 Ib. II. 95/2.
That in tyme cumyn all woln clatht be met be the rig and nocht be the selwich
a1500 Bk. Chess 2016.
And as the chekker in four sqwar is met And ilk sqwar with viij poyntis is set [etc.]
1531–2 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I. 73.
Quhilk [lath] beand met extendis to ane rud and ane half
a1538 Abell 16 a.
Arthuris schine bane wes than met or mesorit. It wes langer iii inch nor [etc.]
1597 Skene Verb. S. (see Met-wand n.). 1625 Justiciary Cases I. 29 (see Mesur(e n. 3 b).(5) 1504 Treas. Acc. II. 436.
To the men that suld have met the mure beside the New Havin
1573 Reg. Privy C. II. 314.
In the meintyme [to] suffer the land to be meitt
1596 Dalr. I. 4/26.
Quhair it [sc. Britain] may be iustlie mesourit and mett in ilke place [it] is nocht alyke aequall
1605 Rec. Earld. Orkney 181.
Als mekle gerss as come to hes part of the penie land … mett with schaft and lyne
1616 Stirling Merch. Guild 37. 1672 Brown Suppl. Dict. Decis. II. 616.(6) 1513 Treas. Acc. IV. 523.
To the sclatter … for ilk rude … xxviij s., quhilk met and mesurit contenis vj rudis j½ ell
1532 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I. 93.
The glas enterit and wrocht be Thome Peblis … and met and sene be the maister of werk befoir the upputting
Ib. 95, iii. 1553–4 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 286.
James Wond [etc.] … masonis quha compleatit and biggit xvij ruds of wark … quhilk ruds wer mett be David Grahame
1562 Reg. Privy S. V. i. 263/1.
Ony faltis … to mend the samin, and to be met. mesourit and payit be the maister of werk
1639 M. Works Acc. MS. XXIX. 43.
(b) 1531–2 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I. 104.
For thekin of the stabill [etc.] … quhilkis stabillis … beand mete with William Mayne wrycht … [contained] x rudis [etc.]
(c) 1558 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I. 295.
Meit and resavit fra the glasenwrycht xxviii futtis of now glais
(7) c1520-c1535 Nisbet Matth. vii. 2.
fig. In quhat mesure ye met, it salbe met agane to you
Id. Luke vi. 38. a1658 Durham Commandments (1675) 105.
If our professions … were me tand measured by our reality, O how lamentable vast a disproportion would be found

b. To measure (parcels of land), as an act of witchcraft: cf. Mete v.2 1 b, Metin(g vbl. n.2 b and Metting vbl. n. 1 e. — 1598 Misc. Spald. C. I. 120.
Thow hes mett and messurit dyvers peces of land, callit wardis

2. ppl. a. Measured; that has had its quantity, extent, etc., ascertained or verified by measurement.(1) a1400 Leg. S. xl. 1406.
Twa hundre myle of met way
1512 Treas. Acc. IV. 307.
Fourty twa celdris of met salt
1524–5 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 220.
Anent thair mete corne laidis
1563 Inchaffray Reg. 88.
With the leiding of xlv met creillis of peitt
1621 Brown Paisley I. 248.
Thay ar to run … thrie mett myleis of Cowper raise in Fyff
1631 Milne Rental Perth Hosp. 268.
[xl bolls in] mett bear
1651 Stirling B. Rec. II. 306.
For two lead of mett collis
(2) 1532 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I. 94.
xvii pece bourdouris contenand in futis met werk xii futis
1617 Ib. II. 42.
For glasing of xv windowes … being vxx xii fute of mett glas at xl d. fute

b. Applied in the predicate to a definite (number of units of) measurement. c1420 Wynt. iv. 1553.
Thre moys that was thre bollys mete
Ib. 1873 (W).
Ten thousand pais haill weill met
Ib. vi. 437 (R).
Off haylstanys than ane fell off leynth Off mannys fute met fyftene
c1475 Wall. (1570) vii. 1280.
Thocht he him gaif ane mulȝeoun of gold weil met
c1500 Crying of Play 43.
Ellevyne ell wyde met was his mouth

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