Definitions

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  • n. An inclination; a cant.
  • n. An incline; slope.
  • n. A decline; decrease; wane.
  • v. To bend; incline; tilt (as a water-vessel or ship); heel.
  • v. To pour out; pour.
  • v. To throw; cast; put.
  • v. To bow; bend; incline; tilt or cant over.
  • v. To decline; sink; go down.
  • v. To yield; give way; surrender.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A variant of heeld.

Etymologies

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From Middle English heelden, helden, from Old English hieldan, heldan ("to lean, incline, slope, force downwards, bow or bend down"), from Proto-Germanic *halþijanan (“to bend, incline, pour, empty”), from Proto-Indo-European *kel- (“to tilt, tip, incline”). Cognate with Middle Dutch helden ("to incline"), Low German hellen ("to incline"), Middle High German helden ("to incline"), Danish hælde ("to tilt, lean, slant, slope"), Swedish hälla ("to tilt, pour"), Icelandic halla ("incline, lean sideways, heel over"), Icelandic hella ("to pur"). See also heel.

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From Middle English held, from Old English hielde ("slope, declivity"), from Proto-Germanic *halþijōn, *halþijō (“inclination, slope”), from Proto-Indo-European *kel- (“to tilt, tip, incline”). Cognate with German Halde ("slope"), Danish hæld ("an incline, slope").

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  • 1. to incline, to be favorable. 2. to decline or droop. 3. to yield. 4. to turn away.

    July 30, 2007