wæl
Morphological Analysis
Wordclass: Noun
Gender: Neuter
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wæl
es; n. I. in a collective sense, the slain, the dead, a number of slain, a. generally of death in battle Wæl feól on eorðan, Byrht. Th. 135, 31; By. 126: 140, 45; By. 303. Ðæs wæles wæs geteald six hund manna mid ðám fýrenum flánum ofsceotene of those who died they counted six hundred shot with the fiery arrows, Homl. Th. i. 506, 6. Ðá hé his bróðor siege ofáxode, ðá férde hé tó ðam wæle his líc sécende, ii. 358, 6. Ðá gelæhton his gebróðra his líc of ðam wæle, Homl. Skt. ii. 25, 673. Ðá sóhte hé on ðam wæle his líc, Bd. 4, 22; S. 591, 17. Hé on wæle lǽge, Byrht. Th. 139, 65; By. 279: 140, 39; By. 300. Hit næs ná gesǽd hwæt Pirruses folces gefeallen wǽre, for ðon hit næs þeáw ðæt mon ǽnig wæl on ða healfe rímde ðe wieldre wæs (mos est, ex ea parte quae vicerit occisorum non commemorare numerum ), Ors. 4, 1; Swt. 156, 21. Ǽr hé ðæt wæl bereáfian mehte, 3, 9; Swt. 128, 9: Beo. Th. 2429; B. 1212: 6047; B. 3027. On wæl feallan to die in battle, Cd. Th. 123, 2; Gen. 2038. On wæll fyllan to kill in battle, Bd. 1, 12; S. 481, 24. ¶ as object of verbs of slaying :-- Ðǽr wæs micel wæl geslægen on gehwæþre hond many were killed on both sides, Chr. 871; Erl. 74, 11: 833; Erl. 64, 20. Ne wearð wæl máre folces gefylled, 937; Erl. 115, 14. Ðǽr was ungemetlíc wæl geslægen Norþanhymbra, sume binnan, sume bútan, 867; Erl. 72, 15: Ors. 2, 5; Swt. 80, 26. Hí him mycel wæl on geslógan magnam eorum multitudinem sternens, Bd. 1, 12; S. 481, 30, Hié ðǽr ðæt mǽste wæl geslógon on hǽþnum herige ðe wé secgan hiérdon óþ ðisne andweardan dæg, Chr. 851; Erl. 68, 4. Hé menigfeald wæl felde and slóh, Guthl. 2; Gdwin. 14, 7. b. in other connections Ðá geát mon ðæt átter út on ðone sǽ, and raþe ðæs ðǽr com upp micel wæl deádra fisca, Ors. 6, 3; Swt. 258, 17. II. a single corpse, a slain person Hé mé habban wile dreóre fáhne, gif mec deáð nimeþ, byreþ blódig wæl, Beo. Th. 900; B. 448. Ðonne walu feóllon, 2089; B. 1042. Crungon walo, Exon. Th. 477, 17; Ruin. 26. III. in an abstract sense, a. of destruction in war, slaughter, carnage Wæl on gefeohte strages, Ælfc. Gr. 9, 27; Zup. 53, 5. Mycel wæl (wælfill, MS. A.) gewearð on Brytene æt Wódnesbeorge, Chr. 592; Erl. 19, 34. Hé hí on gelícnysse ðæs tráiscan wæles (caedis ) wundade, Bd. 3, 1; S. 523, 30. Mid grimme wæle and herige saeva caede, 4, 15; S. 583, 26. Of wæle strage, occisione, Hpt. Gl. 427, 60. b. in other connections, destruction Com mycel wæl and monncwyld godcundlíce gesended supervenit clades divinitus missa, Bd. 4, 3; S. 567, 10. Hé hí fram ðam mánfullan wæle (clade; destruction by famine) generede, 4, 14; S. 582, 27. Wæle strage; occisione (destruction of the soul by sin. v. Ald. 7), Hpt. Gl. 415, 22. [Þat wæl (heap, 2nd MS.) wes þe more, Laym. 4111. He lette al þæt wel weorpen an ane dich, 6427. Ic heo wulle biwinnen oðer an wæle liggen, 9497. O. Sax. wal (in wal-dád): O. H. Ger. wal strages, clades: Icel. valr the slain.] v. ecg-, ungemet-wæl.
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