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- n. a wagonload; a load of any sort.
- n. an old English measure of lead or other metals, usually containing 19.5 hundredweight; a fodder.
- n. Food for animals.
- v. To feed animals (with fother).
- v. To stop a leak with oakum or old rope (often by drawing a sail under the hull).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A wagonload; a load of any sort.
- n. See Fodder, a unit of weight.
- transitive v. To stop (a leak in a ship at sea) by drawing under its bottom a thrummed sail, so that the pressure of the water may force it into the crack.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A wagon-load; a cart-load.
- n. A load; weight; burden; mass.
- n. An old unit of weight for lead, lime, and some other substances; a two-horse cart-load. A fother of lead varies from 19 1/2 to 22 1/2 hundredweight, each hundredweight being usually 120 pounds avoirdupois. At Néwcastle in England a fother is a third of a chaldron; and in American lead-mines the word is sometimes used for a short ton.
- To place a sail or tarpaulin over, as a leak in a ship's hull, for the purpose of keeping the water out. In fathering a leak, rope-yarns, oakum, etc., are thickly stitched on the sail or tarpaulin.
From Old Norse fóðr, but see Old English fōdor, from Proto-Germanic *fōdran (compare Dutch voer 'pasture, fodder', German Futter 'feed', Swedish foder), from *fōda 'food', from Proto-Indo-European *pat- 'to feed'. More at food. (Wiktionary)