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First published 1990 (DOST Vol. VII).
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Ridge, n. [ME and e.m.E. rigge (c1380), etc., e.m.E. rydge (Malory), OE hrycg, of the same origin as Rig n., for which this is a late substitute from English.

1. A rig, in various senses of Rig n. II. Also attrib. 1662 Sel. Biog. I 204.
His neighbour … takes a butt, or half a ridge, and sayes it is a very small thing
1668 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Deeds I 227.
The halff of the sauch yeard and ridge of the lint yeard adjacent therto
1670 Murray Lyon Hist. Lodge Edinb. 423.
Selling or buying of houses or ridges or yardes
attrib. 1679 Russell Account 428.
Being but a ridge length off the way
1683 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Deeds II 161.
And the ridge sharing to be given doun all but one week of one hook

2. Part of an arrow.Cf. e.m.E. rig the shoulder of an arrow-head (once, 1545), etc. 1666 Peebles B. Rec. II 73.
The silver arrow which wants the ridge or fether and ane hanging pendicle

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