American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To stitch closed the eyes of (a falcon).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Good; fortunate; opportune; happy.
- n. Good fortune; happiness; bliss.
- n. Opportunity; time; season: as, the seel of the day: used frequently as the second element in a compound: as, hay-seel (hay-time), barley-seel. etc.
- To close, or close the eyes of, with a thread. The eyelids of a newly taken hawk were thus sealed in falconry, to keep them together, and aid in making it tractable.
- Hence To close, as a person's eyes; blind; hoodwink.
- To lean; incline to One side; heel; roll, as a ship in a storm.
- n. A roll or pitch, as of a ship in a storm.
- A Middle English form of seal.
- adj. obsolete Good; fortunate; opportune; happy.
- n. UK, dialectal Good fortune; happiness; bliss.
- n. UK, dialectal Opportunity; time; season.
- v. To sew together the eyes of a young hawk. A term from falconry
- v. To blind
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. (Falconry) To close the eyes of (a hawk or other bird) by drawing through the lids threads which were fastened over the head.
- v. Hence, to shut or close, as the eyes; to blind.
- v. obsolete To incline to one side; to lean; to roll, as a ship at sea.
- n. obsolete The rolling or agitation of a ship in a storm.
- n. Good fortune; favorable opportunity; prosperity. [Obs.] “So have I
- n. Prov. Eng. Time; season.
- v. sew up the eyelids of hawks and falcons
- From Old French siller, ciller ("to sew up the eyelids of, hoodwink, wink"), from cil ("eyelid"), from Latin cilium ("eyelid, eyelash"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English silen, from Old French cillier, from Medieval Latin ciliāre, from Latin cilium, lower eyelid; see kel-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Howland was a brave man; he had already showed both strength and prowess when, washed overboard in a "seel" of the ship, and carried fathoms deep in mid-ocean, he caught the topsail-halyards swept over with him and clung to them until he was rescued in spite of the raging wind and waves that repeatedly dragged him under; nor in the face of savage foe, or savage beast, or peril by land or sea, was John Howland ever known less than the foremost; but now in face of this angry woman he found naught to say, and blushing and stammering and half laughing fairly turned and ran away, springing up the stairs to the elevated deck cabins, in one of which Elder Brewster and his family had their lodging.”
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