from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Geology The angle of inclination from the vertical of a vein, fault, or lode.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Person (in all senses).
  • n. Sex; gender.
  • n. Order; estate; rank; degree; holy or religious orders.
  • n. State; condition; quality; kind.
  • v. To slope from the vertical
  • n. The slope of a vein or fault from the vertical; the complement of the dip
  • v. To ordain; consecrate; admit to a religious order.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The descent of a hill.
  • n. The inclination or deviation from the vertical of any mineral vein.
  • n. The deviation of a fault plane from the vertical.
  • intransitive v. To deviate from the vertical; -- said of a vein, fault, or lode.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In mining, to underlay or incline from a vertical position.
  • n. A slope; the descent of a hill.
  • n. In mining, the inclination of a vein from a vertical position; the complement of the dip: synonymous with underlay. Also hading.


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English had, hed, hod, from Old English hād ("person, individual, character, individuality, degree, rank, order, office, holy office, condition, state, nature, character, form, manner, sex, race, family, tribe, choir"), from Proto-Germanic *haiduz (“appearance, kind”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kāi- (“light, bright, shining”). Cognate with Old Saxon hēd ("consition, rank"), Old High German heit ("person, personality, sex, condition, quality, rank"), Old Norse heiðr ("honour, dignity"; > Danish hæder ("honour"), Swedish heder ("honour")), Gothic  (haidus, "way, manner"). Same as -hood. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English hadien, hodien, from Old English hādian ("to ordain, consecrate"), from Old English hād ("rank, order, office, holy office"). See above. (Wiktionary)
Origin uncertain. Perhaps from a dialectal form of head. (Wiktionary)


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