American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A beehive, especially one of straw.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A vessel of wood, wickerwork, etc., used especially as a receptacle for grain; hence, a basket, varying in size, shape, material, or use, according to locality.
- n. The amount contained in a skep: used formerly as a specific measure of capacity.
- n. A vehicle consisting of a large wicker basket mounted on wheels, used to convey cops, etc., about a factory.
- n. A small wooden or metal utensil used for taking up yeast.
- n. A beehive made of straw or wicker-work.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Obs. or Prov. Eng. & Scot. A coarse round farm basket.
- n. Prov. Eng. & Scot. A beehive.
- n. a large round wicker basket (used on farms)
- n. a domed beehive made of twisted straw
- Late Old English sceppe, from Old Norse skeppa ‘basket’. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, basket, from Old Norse skeppa, a dry measure, and from Old English sceppe (from Old Norse skeppa). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Several of the men were there standing about the square iron-bound box attached by a wire rope to a wheel overhead, and known as the skep, which, with another, would be the conveyances of the ore that was to be found, from deep down in the mine to the surface, or, as the miners termed it, to grass; and until the man-engine was finished this was the ordinary way up and down.”
“As he could no longer conveniently throw the earth from the hole he took a "skep" or leaf basket, which lay handy, and, placing it beside him, put as much of the sandy soil as he could carry into it, and then lifting shot it on the edge of the pit.”
“People, you must "skep" when it rains, as the clouds are drying up in this, our beloved country!”
“In the vegetable garden a traditional straw bee skep looks like it belongs.”
“I had to laugh as I read the author's rhapsody about my bee skep.”
“Die verdeeldheid van die verlede te heel en 'n samelewing gegrond op demokratiese waardes, maatskaplike geregtigheid en basiese menseregte te skep;”
“And his new book, "A Death in Belmont," in stores April 18, ought to make skep-tics give the guy a rethink.”
“All the backing and shifting you do does nothing but give the impression that every time the light begins to dawn—the light that you so earnestly believe you provide for so me women—you skep desperately away from it.”
“Aren't they looking -- isn't GM looking at hydrogen, sort of, they're looking to skip this skep, this step, excuse me, and going on to the next one?”
“Crossing the meadow, Konstantin Levin came out onto the road, and met an old man with a swollen eye, carrying a skep on his shoulder.”
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