Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To card (wool) into thin flakes.
  • n. A flight; a flock (of birds).
  • n. A flutter, as that of a bird; a flapping.
  • n. A flake (of snow).
  • n. A flake (of fire); a spark; a flash.
  • n. A handful.
  • n. A flake or roll of wool carded ready for spinning.
  • n. plural Tools for carding wool, used chiefly in Scotland.

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Examples

  • β€œHe passed by me like a fire-flaught when I was in the garden!”

    Old Mortality

  • "Here's your daddie, bairns," said the gudewife ganging till the door; but i 'place o' their daddie, a tall chiel wrappit i 'a big cloak, rushed like a fire flaught into the bield, and drappit doun on the sunkie ewest the ingle droghling and coghling.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 10, No. 289, December 22, 1827

  • Like the course of the fire-flaught the clansmen pass'd on,

    The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume IV. The Songs of Scotland of the Past Half Century

  • Even Goneril has her one splendid hour, her fire - flaught of hellish glory; when she treads under foot the half-hearted goodness, the wordy and windy though sincere abhorrence, which is all that the mild and impotent revolt of Albany can bring to bear against her imperious and dauntless devilhood; when she flaunts before the eyes of her "milk-livered" and "moral fool" the coming banners of France about the "plumed helm" of his slayer.

    A Study of Shakespeare

  • Soon he heard cries of alarm, horror, despair, and came up to the worthy clergyman of the parish cowering up against the hedge, almost in a fainting fit, under a strong impression that it was the Evil One in person who just hissed past him in a fire-flaught.

    Rides on Railways

  • On that fearfu disclosure, when ye rushed frae the Countess's presence and saddled your horse, and left the castle like a fire-flaught, the Countess hadna yet discovered your private marriage; she hadna fund out that the union, which she had framed this awfu 'tale to prevent, had e'en taen place.

    The Antiquary

  • "He passed by me like a fire-flaught when I was in the garden!"

    Old Mortality, Complete

  • On that fearfu 'disclosure, when ye rushed frae the Countess's presence and saddled your horse, and left the castle like a fire-flaught, the Countess hadna yet discovered your private marriage; she hadna fund out that the union, which she had framed this awfu' tale to prevent, had e'en taen place.

    The Antiquary β€” Volume 02

  • Yet Christ cometh with an immediate glimpse, like a fire-flaught [flash of lightening] in the air, which letteth the lost and bewildered traveler, in an extremely dark night, see a lodging at hand, whereas otherwise he should have fallen in a pit and lost himself: and in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, the Lord having rebuked the winds and the stormy tempests in the soul, there is a calm and peace, (Psalm 31: 22; Jonah 2: 4).

    The Tryal & Triumph of Faith: or An Exposition of the History of Christs dispossessing of the daughter of the woman of Canaan.

  • Aiblins a fire-flaught o 'my een, it might be -- I've had them unco often, the day -- "

    Alton Locke, Tailor and Poet An Autobiography

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