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- proper n. The stone memorial in Israel erected by Samuel.
- proper n. A male given name taken up by Puritans in the 17th century.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A stone erected by Samuel (1 Sam. vii. 12) as a memorial of divine aid in defeating the Philistines; hence, any memorial of divine assistance.
- n. A stone erected by Samuel (1 Sam. vii. 12) as a memorial of divine aid in defeating the Philistines.
- n. Any memorial of divine assistance: often adopted as a name for a chapel or church.
- n. A contemptuous name for a ‘dissenting’ chapel or church.
From Hebrew אֶבֶן הָעֵזֶר (éven-ha`éizer, "stone of help"). (Wiktionary)