from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To wind rope or chains around (a cable etc.) to protect its surface from friction, abrasion, or ice.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- v. See keck, v. i. & n.
- transitive v. To wind old rope around, as a cable, to preserve its surface from being fretted, or to wind iron chains around, to defend from the friction of a rocky bottom, or from the ice.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Nautical, to cover or guard by winding with something.
- Same as keck
- To cackle; chuckle.
- n. A chuckle.
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Now isn't that stean at any rate -- he hammered it with his stick as he spoke -- a pack of lies? and won't it make Gabriel keckle when Geordie comes pantin 'up the grees with the tombstean balanced on his hump, and asks it to be took as evidence!
Miss Becky Glibbans gave a satirical keckle at this, and showed her superior learning, by explaining to Mrs. Craig the unbroken nature of the kingly office.
And won’t it make Gabriel keckle when Geordie comes pantin’ ut the grees with the tompstean balanced on his hump, and asks to be took as evidence!”
Sandy gae a keckle o 'a host, an' syne he says, "Now, boys an 'girls an' people, the first picture I'm genna show you is Danyil in the den
Gabriel keckle when Geordie comes pantin 'ut the grees with the tompstean balanced on his hump, and asks to be took as evidence! "