from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A shoemaker's awl.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A shoemaker's awl.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See elsen.


From Middle English aslen, elsen ("an awl or some other pointed instrument or tool"), either from Middle Dutch elsene, alsene, from Old High German alansa, alansa, from Proto-Germanic *ali-sn, Proto-Germanic *ala-sn, or from an unrecorded OE form. (Wiktionary)



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  • Erin,

    Your definition for ELSIN is correct. Your example obviously isn't.

    --Dodi Schultz

    July 14, 2009