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Door(e, Dore, n. Also: dor(r, doir(e, doar, doer. [Later forms of Dure n., partly after e.m.E. door(e, dore.] A door.(a) 1566 Prot. Bk. T. Johnsoun 98.
[The arbiters gave possession by putting him] in the housis and stekin the dorris one him
a1578 Pitsc. I. 172 h.
Quha was keiper of the dor
1629 Ann. Banff I. 63.
In cace of not finding patent dorres … to cast doune the saidis houses
1650 Marischal Coll. Rec. I. 271.
Ane dor to be maid in the wall
1653 Fam. Innes 171.
For crookis to dorris
1705 Foulis Acc. Bk. 373.
For makeing a … new dorr to the bellhead
(b) a1570-86 Maitl. F. lxxxvii. 548.
Out at ane dore ran falset and invy
15.. Clar. iii. 763.
Scho … fand the gudwyfe standing in the dore
a1578 Pitsc. I. 175/2.
The Earle of Angus past haistelie to the dore
1606 Birnie Kirk-b. xvii. 30.
The people that rests … must byde at the dore
1618 M. Works Acc. XV. ii. 34.
For a new key to the dore t.hat is new brokin out
a1598 Ferg. Prov. (1641) 6 b.
Dead at the one dore, and hership at the other
1662 Forbes Baron Ct. 230.
He … said he should mak patent doris and tak forth his sheip
1668 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 250.
Braking wp dores and windowes
(c) a1578 Pitsc. I. 188/11.
Thair they fand the doore standand oppin
1618 M. Works Acc. XV. ii. 33 b.
For breking out tua doores in a wall in the abbay
1630 Bamff Chart. 224.
An doore with dorre cheiks, cleiks, and bands
1666 Alford Rec. 98.
Ane … doore and doore cheeks, lock, bands [etc.]
(d) 1605 Aberd. B. Rec. II. 278.
That euerie maister of houshold … hawe bene fyris befoir thair yettis and doiris
1616 Ib. 339.
To mack ane hewin doir in the mid wall
1647 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 126.
It is condiscendit … that ane doir be strukin throw betwix the twa for his hous
1653 Ib. 272.
Boyes … who troubles his dowes be chapping at all tymes on the said doire
(e) ? 1616 Misc. Abbotsf. C. 241.
I can neyther speake with him nor be permitted to come within his doares
1635 Thanes of Cawdor 278.
The … windowis and doeris fallen downe

2. Attrib. and comb. with band, bar, heid, high adj., lok, nail, neighbour, peice. 1595 Duncan Appendix.
Cardo, a doore-band
1632 Mun. Univ. Glasg. III. 483.
Stainchowres, crooks and dorbands
a1598 Ferg. Prov. 48.
He knowes not the doore be the doore bar
1652 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 233.
That nae windskews or hallens above doir heidis be sufferrit to be put out heirefter
1629 M. Works Acc. XXI. 52.
The thrie chalmeris … to be paintit … ilk ane of thame dore highe, whyte abone and gray vnder
1610 Brechin Test. II. 53 b.
Fyue kist lokis & ffyue dor lokis
1585 Rep. Elphinstoun Mun. 23.
Plenscheouris naillis, … doir naillis, … garroun naillis
1623 Edinb. Test. LII. 72 b.
Four hundreth dore nailles
1621-40 Melville Commonpl. Bk. 17.
He is als deaffe as ane doir naill
1633 Orkney Bp. Ct. 89.
Ȝe refuisit to come not withstanding ȝe was hir doore neighboure
1644 Strathbogie Presb. 50.
Valter … being door neighbour to Alexander Chrystie
1694 Foulis Acc. Bk. 168.
A door peice and door, and lyning the door and cheiks

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