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Ȝet(t, Yet(t, v. Also: ȝette, yhet, yeit(t, yeat. P.t. ȝet(e, yet(t. P.p. ȝet(t, yett, ȝeit, ȝetine, yettit. [ME and e.m.E. ȝeote(n (c1175), ȝetenn (Orm), ȝeete (Wyclif), ȝett (Cath. Angl.), yet- (a1500), OE ᵹéotan.] tr. and intr.

1. tr. To pour. Also const. apone, dovne, in(to), on. Also fig. See also Furthȝet v. and Outȝet(t v.pres. a1400 Leg. S. xlviii 40.
Moltyne led He gert ȝet a-pone hir hed
1513 Doug. iii iii 56.
A cleyn sacrifyce and offerand maid I syne, Into the fyris ȝettand sens and wyne
1513 Doug. xii iv 37.
And cowpys full of wyne in sacryfys Abowt the altaris ȝettis he and he
1533 Boece 622b.
Ane servand woman … throw ane narow bore ȝetting doun meill certane tyme prolongit his mysirabill liffe
p.t. a1400 Leg. S. xii 251.
[She] brocht a preciuse vnyment … & apone Cristis hed it ȝete
a1500 Seven S. 2023.
A weschell of watter … scho … ȝet dovne on the pyotis heid
1531 Bell. Boece II 207.
Sa lang as thay yet the said liquor on his image, he suld nevir sleip
1533 Boece 409b.
[The witch] ȝet ay downe … ane liquoure in maner of flawmyng apoun the image
1602 Dundonald Par. Rec. 14.
The said Kaithrein hett ane pan full of watter and yett the scalding watter into ane tub
1602 Dundonald Par. Rec. 15.
The said Kaithrein brocht … ane mutchkin of watter quhilk scho yet in the kow
p.p. a1400 Leg. S. xvi 131.
The vnguyment scho … A-pone Jhesus had it ȝet
1513 Doug. v xii 36.
The hait fyre consumys fast the howe … Thar was na strenth of vaillyant men to waill Nor large fludis on ȝet, that mycht avail
a1538 Abell 19b.
Meltit gold wes ȝet in at his mouth

b. To fill (a person, his mouth) full (of a substance) by pouring. a1500 Seven S. 1826.
Thow thristit gold and gold sall drink Than quyk thai erdit him … And full of moltin gold him ȝet
1560 Rolland Seven S. 4891.
Becaus ilk man sa couetous did him hold, Thay ȝet his mouth full of het meltit gold

c. fig. To pour (grace, etc.) in or (vp)on a person, his soul, etc. Also const. on.(1) a1400 Leg. S. xvii 332.
He sone sa mekil grace Fand that in hyme ȝetine [L. infundi] vas That [etc.]
1551 Hamilton Cat. 187.
The secund effect of baptyme is that ressaving of the haly spreit quhilk yettis in our hartis the trew lufe of God
1551 Hamilton Cat. 259.
Justifyit be leiffand faith in Christ Jesu, in quhom is the trew lufe of God yettit in thair hartis be the haly spreit
Arundel MS 246/234.
O Jesu, Sone of the virgin Mary, ȝet in me thy grace, thy wisdome, they cherite
1562-3 Winȝet I 10/5.
To ȝet in vnfenȝetlie the veray selfis affectionis of oure myndis
1581 Burne Disput. 44b.
Thruch the quhilk the strenth and verteu thairof is ȝet and pourit in our saulis
1581 Hamilton Cath. Tr. 144.
He hes sanit vs be … renouation of the halie spreit quhilk he hes ȝettit in vs aboundantlie
1581 Hamilton Cath. Tr. 146b.
Baith grace and cheritie is ȝett in vs
(2) 1562-3 Winȝet II 21/7.
A certane mist wes ȝet vpon the myndis of al the bischopes of the Latin toung almaist
(3) a1599 Rollock Wks. I 446.
That God wald ȝett on that spreit on ȝou throuch Jesus Christ

d. transf. To let (drops of water) fall ovir (a thing). 1501 Doug. Pal. Hon. 17.
The siluer droppis on daseis distillant, Quhilk verdour branches ouir the alars ȝet With smoky sence the mystis reflectant

e. Const. altogither: To mingle, confuse. 1595 Duncan App. Etym.
Confundo, to confound, to ȝett altogither

2. a. To shed, pour out (tears, blood). b. (To cause) to flow out (furth) (a body of water). c. transf. Of the sun: To pour furth (light). d. transf. To expel or push (owt) (a baby), to cause to be born; to miscarry or abort. e. transf. Of the Trojan horse: To release or pour furth (men). f. absol.a. c1400 Troy-bk. ii 1597.
Cassandra … ȝet out teres … With angry lamentacioun
a1450 Fifteen Ois 344.
Thy blude thou ȝet out full largely
1513 Doug. x viii 70.
And for ennoy salt terys … Furth ȝettyng our hys chekis thyk as rayn
1513 Doug. xii iii 92.
The nymphe Juturna … Plente of terys furthȝet from hir eyn
b. 1531 Bell. Boece I xlviii.
The see, be contrarius stremes, makis collision; sum times yettand out the tid, and sum times swelleand and soukand it in agane
1533 Bell. Livy I 17/28.
This ryver be divyne purviance was ȝett furth with large flude abone the brayis
1533 Bell. Livy II 166/30.
Than schew he be quhat maner the said wattir suld be ȝett furth apoun the landis
c. 1501 Doug. Pal. Hon. Prol. 47.
Phebus furth ȝet depured bemes cleir
d. a1400 Leg. S. i 721.
And in our birth we ar owt ȝet The hed before done to the fete
1626 Fraserburgh Kirk S. II 7 June.
[Accused:] that sche cawsit Agnes Duff ȝet hir barne, as thay call it
e. 1513 Doug. ii vi 63.
Within the wallis ȝone mekil standand hors Ȝettis furth armyt men
f. 1579, 1617 Despauter (1579).
To ȝet or powre furth [Gj to yeat forth]

3. intr. To pour forth, flow freely, gush. a. Of tears. b. Of a person with regard to the voiding of matter.a. 1533 Bell. Livy II 152/24.
The teris … sum tymes ȝet fra the ene of faderis and sum tyme fra the ene of pepil
b. 1540 Lynd. Sat. 4354 (B).
Scho … maid sic stendis Scho ȝeild and ȝet at baith the endis

4. tr. To pour molten metal so as to cast (an artifact). Also absol. 1496 Treas. Acc. I 293.
For lede to ȝet the plumbis
1504–5 Treas. Acc. II 294.
For lede to ȝet the pulleis and the pais, and for ȝetting of thaim
1533 Treas. Acc. VI 104.
To Peris and the laif of the werkmen ȝettand the gunnis in the castell
1591 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 461.
Four pund off leyd to ȝet the samin [sc. well]
absol. c1420 Wynt. i 252.
Twbalkayin delytyt … Be oysyde craft to wyrk mettalle. Irne and stele, lede and tyn To yhet, or bete, or grawe thairin
1595 Duncan App. Etym.
Fundo, … to powre, to ȝette

b. To melt down (metal). 1532 Reg. Cupar A. I 314.
And attour the said Robert [plumbar] sall ȝett, cast, and mak ane fwder of leid in quhat sort of werk we … desiris
1619 Edinb. B. Rec. VI 187.
Charlis Hog hes ressavit bak againe from [the] deyne of gild sax stane ane pund and fyve unce of the bell mettle yett be him quhilk was insufficient

c. To fasten or attach by the use of molten metal. Also fig.Quot. 1586 appar. refers to the attaching of a suspension hook to a clock weight by filling a cavity bored into the top of the weight with molten lead into which the hook was sunk. 1531–2 Treas. Acc. VI 49.
For ane bott of irne and leid to ȝett the samyn to the compt hous durre
1554–5 Edinb. B. Rec. II 302.
For ane cruke, and ane … hingand loke to steik the said yet with, and leid to yet the cruke with
1554–5 Edinb. B. Rec. II 302.
For vj greit cruks fra Johne Alhanny, … for ane stane of leid to yet thame with
1554–5 Edinb. B. Rec. II 360.
Coft fra Johne Weir, powderar to yet the gret botts xvijli leid
1554–5 Edinb. Old Acc. I 168.
To ȝet the greit irne ryngs on the schoir
1555–6 Edinb. B. Rec. II 364.
For making of the holls in the kirk wall to the terleis … for leid to yeit it
1561–3 Edinb. Old Acc. I 389.
For iij stanis of leid to yett the botts and crewkis
1561–3 Edinb. Old Acc. I 399.
Halfe ane stane of leid to yeit crowks of the durris
1561–3 Edinb. Old Acc. I 406.
1561–3 Edinb. Old Acc. I 394.
vij stanis leid and ane halfe to yet the crewks of durris
1586 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 263.
For ane bor ȝeit in the other pes [of the clock]; for boring of the pesses to the kirk and heissing of them to the stepill
1595 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 582.
Irne boittis to hald the flankour buirdis … leid to ȝet the samin
1599 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I 316.
For halff ane stane of leid to yett the slott in his majesteis chalmer dure, and battis to his knok
1611–12 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I 334.
For ane stane of leid to yet viii scroukes in the twa yetis
1616 Edinb. B. Rec. VI 380.
Twa stane lead to yett the unicorne upone the heid of the croce

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