Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An obsolete form of ell.

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  • noun Alternative form of ellen.
  • verb transitive, obsolete To strengthen; hearten; comfort; encourage.

Etymologies

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From Middle English elne, ellen, from Old English ellen ("zeal, strength, power, vigor, valor, courage, fortitude, strife, contention"). More at ellen.

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From Middle English elnen, from Old English elnian ("to emulate, endeavor to be equal, be zealous, strive with zeal after another, make strong, strengthen, comfort oneself, gain strength"), from Proto-Germanic *aljanōnan (“to strengthen, encourage”), from Proto-Indo-European *al- (“to burn”). Cognate with Old High German ellinōn ("to emulate, strive"), Icelandic elna ("to grow stronger"), Gothic  (aljanon, "to emulate"). See ellen.

Examples

  • The latter verse is undisputed; and, for the former, 'elne' would be as possible as 'ealles,' and 'unflitme' is well supported.

    Beowulf An Anglo-Saxon Epic Poem

  • [1] For 1130 (1) R. and Gr. suggest 'elne unflitme' as 1098 (1) reads.

    Beowulf An Anglo-Saxon Epic Poem

  • Þâ wäs ät þam geongan grim andswaru êð-begête þâm þe ær his elne forleás.

    Beowulf

  • Æfter þǣm wordum Weder-Gēata lēod efste mid elne, nalas andsware

    Beowulf

  • Äfter þæm wordum Weder-Geáta leód êfste mid elne, nalas andsware

    Beowulf

  • R. and Gr. read elne unflitme, = _loyally and without contest_, as at l.

    Beowulf

  • Þā wæs æt þām geongan grim andswaru ēð-begēte þām þe ǣr his elne forlēas.

    Beowulf

  • R. and Gr. read elne unflitme, = _loyally and without contest_, as at l.

    Beowulf

  • Woruld-candel scān, sigel sūðan fūs: hī sīð drugon, elne geēodon, tō þæs þe eorla hlēo, bonan Ongenþēowes burgum on innan,

    Beowulf

  • Woruld-candel scân, sigel sûðan fûs: hî sîð drugon, elne geeodon, tô þäs þe eorla hleó, bonan Ongenþeówes burgum on innan,

    Beowulf

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