Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

from 1976 supplement

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CUT, n.1 1. (1) Defin. Read: A certain quantity of woollen or linen yarn, gen. 120 rounds of a 93 in. reel, i.e. 300 ells or 310 yards. Gen.Sc. Sc. 1721  Rec. Conv. Royal Burghs (1885) 273:
The short reel be one quarter long, one eln about, have six score threeds in every cut, three cuts to the hank, and eight hanks in the spindle.
Abd. 1889  Bon-Accord (9 Feb.) 21:
About 40 spindles of Strong 4-Ply Fingering Worsted to be sold at 2d per cut.
Sc. 1896  Fleming Reid & Co. Price List 5:
Our Wools are retailed in England by Weight, and in Scotland by “Cut.” There are 120 threads to a “Cut.”
Sc. 1949  Sample Cardfrom Messrs Tulloch, Lerwick:
The price is 3/- per cut post free. (A cut is a measure of 300 yards but it weighs approx. two ounces.)

(2) should be omitted and Abd.29 1947 quot. transferred to (1). (3) should be renumbered (2). Add: (3) A section of a haddock line, a quarter of the total, of 60 fathoms length (Mry. 1933).

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