hwettan
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hwettan
Substitute: To whet, sharpen Ic hwette (hwætte, v. l.) acuo , Ælfc. Gr. Z. 167, l. I. to sharpen the edge of an imple-ment (lit. or fig.) Se lǽce hýt his seax and hwete (hwæt, v. l. ), Past. 166, 6. Þá undeádlican wyrmas hwettað hyra téð tó þon hig. . . úrne líchoman slítan, Ll. Th. ii. 396, 6. Hí hwetton tungan heora acuerunt linguam suam, Ps. Spl. 139, 3. ¶ hwete stán a stone used for whetting (?) :-- Tó hwettan stánes wylle; of hwættan stánes wylle, C. D. iii. 430, II. II. to make a person keen (hwæt), incite, excite, egg on. 1. absolute Swá þín sefa hwette, B. 490. 2. with acc. Þonne wín hweteð beornes breóstsefan, Mód. 18. Óðer gást hine tyhteð . . . ýweð him earmra manna misgemynda and þurh þæt his mód hweteð, Sal. 495. Þone síðfæt him snotere ceorlas lythwón lógon, . . . hwetton higerófne, B. 204. (2 a) where the course or action to which a person is incited is given :-- Ic dysge dwelle and dole hwette [on] unrǽdsíðas, óðrum stýre nyttre fóre I silly ones lead astray and stupid ones egg on to ill-advised ways, others keep back from profitable pro-ceeding, Rä. 12, 3. Úsic lust hweteð on þá leódmearce, micel módes hiht tó þǽre mǽran byrig, An. 286. Hweteð on [h]wælweg, Seef. 63. Ic hig hwette tó fleánne, Shrn. 41, 25. [He whætte his særes, Laym. 14215. He wette his tossches, S. S. 911. O. H. Ger. wezzen acuere, exacuere, provocare: Icel. huetja to whet, incite.] v. á-hwettan, ge-hwettan.
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