American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A thole pin.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To bear; undergo; sustain; put up with; stand.
- To experience; feel; suffer.
- To tolerate; permit; allow.
- To admit of; afford.
- To give freely.
- To endure grief, pain, misfortune, etc.; suffer.
- To be patient or tolerant; bear (with); be indulgent.
- To wait; stay; remain.
- n. Patience; endurance; tolerance.
- n. A pin inserted in the gunwale of a boat, or in a similar position, to act as a fulcrum for the oar in rowing. The oar is sometimes secured to the thole by a loop of cordage; but more frequently there are two pins between which the oar plays, in which case the thole is properly the pin against which the oar presses when the stroke is made. It is common, however, to speak of the two together as the tholes. Also called
- n. The pin or handle of a scythe-snath.
- n. A cart-pin.
- n. In architecture: Same as tholus; sometimes, a vaulted niche, or recess in a temple, where votive offerings were suspended.
- n. The scutcheon or knot at the center of a timber vault.
- v. intransitive To suffer.
- v. transitive, Northern England To endure, to tolerate, to put up with.
- n. a pin in the side of a boat which acts as a fulcrum for the oars
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A wooden or metal pin, set in the gunwale of a boat, to serve as a fulcrum for the oar in rowing.
- n. The pin, or handle, of a scythe snath.
- v. Obs. or Scot. To bear; to endure; to undergo.
- v. Prov. Eng. & Scot. To wait.
- n. a holder attached to the gunwale of a boat that holds the oar in place and acts as a fulcrum for rowing
- From Middle English, from Old English þol ("thole, oar-pin"), from Proto-Germanic *þullaz, *þullō (“thole, beam”), from Proto-Indo-European *tūl-, *twel- (“sphere, bush”). Cognate with Dutch dol ("thole"), German Dolle ("oar-lock, thole"), Danish toll ("thole"). Extra-Germanic cognates include Albanian thel ("a big nail, a clapper"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English tholle, thole pin, from Old English thol. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“And round the thole-pins they fitted the oars, and in the ship they placed the mast and the well-made sails and the stores.”
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