Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small barrel; a unit of capacity, equal, according to statutes of 1439 and 1483, to 18 1/2 gallons, but in modern times usually reckoned at 18 gallons. The often-repeated statement that the rundlet varies from 3 to 20 gallons appears to be a blunder.
- n. A small barrel of no certain dimensions, which may contain from 3 to 20 gallons.
- n. A measure for liquids, as for wine, usually 18.5 gallons.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A small barrel of no certain dimensions. It may contain from 3 to 20 gallons, but it usually holds about 141/2 gallons.
“Two firkins, or bushels, make a measure called a rundlet or kilderkin, liquid, and a strike, dry.”
“No sooner was this arrangement made, than Lord Glenvarloch expressed to Lowestoffe his impatience to leave this discreditable assembly, and took his leave with a careless haste, which, but for the rundlet of Rhenish wine that entered just as he left the apartment, might have been taken in bad part.”
“While we were required to take up these presents, I chanced to cast an eye upon the table, where there lay a fresh service of cheese-cakes and tarts, and in the midst of them a lusty rundlet, stuck round with all sorts of apples and grapes, as they commonly draw that figure.”
“Our only provision was a small barrel of flour, and a five gallon rundlet of brandy, which had been thrown overboard, and was taken up by us.”
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“If the ship never passed that way before, the captain is to give a small rundlet of wine, which, if he denies, the mariners may cut off the stem of the vessel.”
“The winged crocodile was kicked into the closet, after it were hurled the thunder machine and the lightning torch, and after them clattered the cups and the silver rundlet.”
“Here's Malvoisie for thee, Hubert," said one of the company, dipping into the rundlet.”
“But what can possibly be in that huge silver rundlet into which they plunge their goblets so often?”
“When the Cassekey found they were resolved to go, he set out for the wreck, bringing back a boat which was given to them, with butter, sugar, a rundlet of wine, and chocolate; to Mary and the child he also gave everything which he thought would be useful to them.”
“He stamped with his foot and roared out, "Forrard there: Two glasses and a dipper from the rundlet," at the same time opening a locker and taking therefrom a squat bottle.”
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