from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Scots A firth.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Peace; security.
- n. Sanctuary, asylum.
- v. To protect; guard.
- v. To inclose; fence in, as a forest or park.
- n. a wood, woodland, forest; undergrowth, brushwood
- n. Alternative form of firth.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A narrow arm of the sea; an estuary; the opening of a river into the sea. Also called firth.
- n. A kind of weir for catching fish.
- n. A forest; a woody place.
- n. A small field taken out of a common, by inclosing it; an inclosure.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Peace; security; freedom from molestation.
- n. A treaty or agreement of peace made between two contending kingdoms or districts.
- n. A piece of land inclosed for the preservation of game; a park or forest for game; hence, a forest or woody place in general; a hedge; a coppice.
- n. A small field taken out of a common.
- n. Ground overgrown with bushes or underwood; a field which has been taken from woods.
- To protect; guard.
- To inclose; fence in, as a forest or park.
- n. A narrow arm of the sea; an estuary; the opening of a river into the sea: used specifically in Scotland only, where firth is the commoner form: as, the Firth of Forth; the Frith of Clyde.
- n. A kind of weir for catching fish; a kind of net.
Alteration of firth.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English frithien, from Old English friþian ("to give frith to, make peace with, be at peace with, cherish, protect, guard, defend, keep, observe"), from Proto-Germanic *friþōnan (“to make peace, secure, protect”), from Proto-Indo-European *prēy-, *prāy- (“to like, love”). Cognate with Scots frethe, freith ("to set free, liberate"), Danish frede ("to have peace, protect, inclose, fence in"), Swedish freda ("to cover, protect, quiet, inclose, fence in"), Icelandic friða ("to make peace, preserve"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English frith, firth ("forest, game preserve"), from Old English fyrhþe, fyrhþ ("forest, sparse woodland, game preserve"), from Proto-Germanic *furhiþja- (“fir-wood, forest”), from Proto-Indo-European *perkʷu- (“coniferous forest, mountain forest, wooded height”). Cognate with Old High German forst, foreht ("forest"), Old Norse fȳri ("pine-wood, coniferous forest"), Old English fyrh ("fir, pine"). More at forest. (Wiktionary)
See firth. (Wiktionary)