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

  • transitive v. To stitch closed the eyes of (a falcon).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Good; fortunate; opportune; happy.
  • n. Good fortune; happiness; bliss.
  • n. Opportunity; time; season.
  • v. To sew together the eyes of a young hawk. A term from falconry
  • v. To blind

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The rolling or agitation of a ship in a storm.
  • n. Good fortune; favorable opportunity; prosperity. [Obs.] “So have I seel”.
  • n. Time; season.
  • intransitive v. To incline to one side; to lean; to roll, as a ship at sea.
  • transitive v. To close the eyes of (a hawk or other bird) by drawing through the lids threads which were fastened over the head.
  • transitive v. Hence, to shut or close, as the eyes; to blind.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Good; fortunate; opportune; happy.
  • To close, or close the eyes of, with a thread.
  • Hence To close, as a person's eyes; blind; hoodwink.
  • To lean; incline to One side; heel; roll, as a ship in a storm.
  • A Middle English form of seal.
  • n. Good fortune; happiness; bliss.
  • n. Opportunity; time; season: as, the seel of the day: used frequently as the second element in a compound: as, hay-seel (hay-time), barley-seel. etc.
  • n. A roll or pitch, as of a ship in a storm.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. sew up the eyelids of hawks and falcons


Middle English silen, from Old French cillier, from Medieval Latin ciliāre, from Latin cilium, lower eyelid; see kel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English sel, from Old English sǣle ("good, fortunate, happy"), from Proto-Germanic *sēliz (“good, happy”), from Proto-Indo-European *sel-, *sēl- (“to calm, quiet, be favourable”). Cognate with Danish sæl ("blissful"), Swedish säll ("blissful"), Icelandic sæll ("blissful"), Gothic 𐍃𐌴𐌻𐍃 (sēls, "good, kind, useful"), Latin sōlor ("comfort, console"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English sele, sel, from Old English sǣl ("time, occasion, a fit time, season, opportunity, the definite time at which an event should take place, time as in bad or good times, circumstances, condition, position, happiness, joy, good fortune, good time, prosperity"), from Proto-Germanic *sēliz (“luck, joy”), from Proto-Indo-European *sel-, *sēl- (“to calm, quiet, be favourable”). Cognate with Icelandic sæla ("bliss"), Dutch zalig ("blissful, blessed"). More at silly. (Wiktionary)
From Old French siller, ciller ("to sew up the eyelids of, hoodwink, wink"), from cil ("eyelid"), from Latin cilium ("eyelid, eyelash"). (Wiktionary)



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