Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To incite; urge on; encourage.
  • v. To irritate; grill; provoke.
  • v. To be eager, prone; hurry.
  • v. To make as if to strike; argue (with); strive after; try to obtain.
  • v. To strive onward and upward.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An obsolete form of art.
  • An obsolete form of art.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the coordinated universal time when an event is received on Earth

Etymologies

From Middle English erten, ertin, from Old Norse erta ("to provoke, incite, tease"), from Proto-Germanic *artijanan (“to excite, tease”), from Proto-Indo-European *ardi-, *ard- (“sharp point, stinger”). Cognate with Icelandic erta ("to irritate"), Norwegian erta ("to taunt"), Swedish ärta ("to tease, jibe"), Old Irish aird ("point, ord, end point"), Ancient Greek άρδις (árdis, "arrowhead"). (Wiktionary)

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