Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sheaf; a handful.
- n. Specifically Twenty-four sheaves of grain set up in the field, forming two stooks, or shocks of twelve sheaves each.
- n. The number of two dozen; hence, an indefinite number; a considerable number.
- n. UK, dialect, obsolete Twenty-four (or in some places, twelve) sheaves of wheat; a shock, or stook.
- n. UK, dialect, obsolete Two dozen, or similar indefinite number; a bunch; a throng.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Prov. Eng. Twenty-four (in some places, twelve) sheaves of wheat; a shock, or stook.
- n. obsolete, obsolete The number of two dozen; also, an indefinite number; a bunch; a company; a throng.
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“Carlisle, had from its foundation been endowed with a thrave of corn from every ploughland in Cumberland.”
“A daimen-icker, a corn-ear now and then; thrave, shock.”
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“ An occasional ear of corn in a thrave, -- that is, twenty-four sheaves.”
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“The hospital of St. Leonard's has compelled us unjustly to render them a thrave of corn.”
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