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RINGE, n. A sieve or riddle. Hence ringeful, the amount which a sieve can contain, and comb. ringe-seive. Mry. 1763 Session Papers, Earl of Fife v. Magistrates Elgin (20 July) 14:
Some of the Suckeners were in Use, at measuring their Shilline, to take a small Pickle in a Ringe, after every Firlot, others without Troubling themselves with this, took a Ringful after every Boll of Shilline: That others there were who sought no Ringeful or sifting after the Boll or Firlot.
Abd. 1928 Press and Journal (21 Dee.) 6:
Tak' the ringe seive an' sift a good heapie o' the smallest o' the drush aboot the peat stack.

[In North. Mid.Eng. in forms renge, range. Of uncertain orig. Phs. to be connected with Reenge, n.1 or n.2]

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