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First published 2002 (DOST Vol. XII).
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Wattir tabill, Watter tabil(l, -table, n. Also: vattertable, walter tabill. [Late ME and e.m.E. water table (1428), water tabil (1459), watter tabyll (1547).] A coping or weathering course designed to prevent water penetration, = Tabil(l n. 11. 1462 Aberd. B. Rec. MS V i 455 (27 Aug.).
He sal ordane watter tabil or legement to keip the said Willieame wnscathit
1507 Prot. Bk. J. Young 390.
He kepand the said bak hall watterticht and sall lay our abone the thek of the said bak hall at the said gavil braid stanis to be wattir-tabill to the said gavil
1520 Dunferm. B. Rec. I 174.
And ane sufficient rest to his ribbis in the sydwal gif he the said Williem makis ane lestand fal [pr. lest and sal] vattertable
1529 Edinb. Guild Ct. 29 April.
And that the said George hes ane skarisment with tymmer table and watter table that ar … eqele in lyne vp & doun with the pete stane put on be the said Mongo
1541 Soc. Ant. III 161.
To big and compleit the revestrie of the paroche kirk … with ane walter tabill at the heich that it is now vnder the thak inlikwise with ane wthir walter tabill abone the thak on the est gauill of the queir
1542 Soc. Ant. III 163.
The watter tabill of the sidwallis of the said kirk … to be … ane caisment hevin for leid to be lad thairin to schout the watter by the wyndowis

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