bǽtan
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bǽtan
Substitute: I. to bait, worry with dogs, &c. Gif ðú mid wilddeórum mé bǽtan wylt, Hml. S. 8, 85. [Icel.] II. to beat, make way against the wind or current Good scipstióra ongit micelne wind on hreóre sǽ ǽr ǽr hit geweorðe, and hǽt fealdan segl, anð eác hwílum lecgan þone mæst and lǽtan þá bǽtinge; gif hé ǽr þweores windes bǽtte, warenað hé hine wið ðæt weder a good pilot perceives a great wind on a rough sea before it comes on him, and orders the sail to be furled, and also sometimes the mast to be lowered and to leave off beating; if he have before in an adverse wind beat, he guards himself against the storm, Bt. 41, 3; S. 144, 28-32. [Icel. beita to go against the wind.]
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