Definitions

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  • v. Alternative form of heal.
  • v. To hide or conceal; keep secret; cover.
  • v. To cover with or in (slates, tiles, etc.); roof.
  • v. To practise concealment; keep a secret; keep silence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Health; welfare.
  • transitive v. To hide; to cover; to roof.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A Middle English form of heal.
  • n. A Middle English form of heal.

Etymologies

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From Middle English helen, helien, from Old English helan ("to conceal, cover, hide", strong verb) and helian ("to conceal, cover, hide", weak verb), from Proto-Germanic *helanan (“to conceal, stash, receive stolen goods”), *haljanan (“to hull, conceal”), both from Proto-Indo-European *kel- (“to hide”). Cognate with Scots heal ("to cover, hide, conceal"), Eastern Frisian hela ("to conceal"), Dutch helen ("to conceal"), German hehlen ("to conceal"). More at heal.

Examples

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  • See also helan.

    November 16, 2008

  • (obsolete) To hide or conceal.

    September 3, 2008