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Pathe-, Paithment, n. Also: path-, patht-, payth-, peth-, pauth-. [Sc. var. of Pavement n.] Pavement.

1. a. A surface paved with stones, tiles, etc. b. The stones, tiles, etc., used for paving, collectively. c. The action of laying pavement, paving.Also attrib. with -stane.(a) c1420 Wynt. v. 3864.
The empryowre … in the kyrk … entryd and kyssyde the pathement [W. pathment]
Ib. 5418.
Wpe he gert tak the pathement
1531 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 143.
Anent the segstar that he … raise nocht na pathtment [infra paithment] for na liaris within the kirk
1551 Banff Ann. I. 18.
[For] the pathtment of our kyrk, reformation of our bellhous [etc.]
1562–3 Ayr B. Acc. 120.
[To the masons for laying] pathement
c1590 J. Stewart 180/7.
Ȝour pathed pathment meid my paessis slyd
(b) a1400 Leg. S. xviii. 719.
Than done I fel one the paythment
c1400 Troy-bk. i. 341.
Chambris … That with paithment & with payntry Enlumynit war delitabily
c1460 Alex. (Taym.) 6264.
The paithment of the tempill and of the flure Off jaspe and evore
1497 Treas. Acc. I. 368.
For ane rude of paithment in Linlithquho iii lib.
1506–7 Ib. III. 297.
In part of payment of paythment of the chapell
1533 Boece iii. vi. 99.
The paithment with tylde has bene laid
1535 Stewart 28101.
Forbad also in paithment or in streit To mak ane cors
1535–6 M. Works Acc. (ed.) 194. 1539–41 Ib. 279.
For … hewin of certane paithment of all costis
1543 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 112.
For clengeing of the paythment
1592 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. II. 394.
1629 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II. 289.
lv kairtfull of paithment to the kaitchpule
(c) 1650 Misc. Spald. C. II. 208.
For pethment to the colledge
attrib. 1535–6 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I. 136.
For … sand … for laying of pauthment stane and tyld
1644 Ross Pastoral Work 27.

2. The ground. c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 2986.
With that for sorowe fell he down Vpon the pathment [L. in terram] in-to swoun
c1475 Wall. viii. 936.
In Aperill … Quhen the paithment was cled in tendyr greyn

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