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[airt; Scot. eyrt] /ɛərt; Scot. eɪrt/ Chiefly Scot.
a direction.
verb (used with object)
to point out the way; direct; guide.
Also, airth [airth Scot. eyrth] /ɛərθ Scot. eɪrθ/ (Show IPA).
Origin of airt
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English (Scots) a(i)rt < Scots Gaelic àird point, quarter of the compass; cognate with Greek árdis arrowhead. The borrowing of Scots airt from Scots Gaelic àird is exact since Scots Gaelic d is totally voiceless and àird sounds like English arch Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for airts
Historical Examples
  • Anywhere—nowhere—everywhere; to 'all the airts the wind can blaw.'

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • Our bedrooms are dismal dens, open to "a' the airts the wind can blaw," half furnished, and not by any means half clean.

    Records of Later Life Frances Ann Kemble
  • It was during the honeymoon, as he calls it, that he wrote the beautiful "O a' the airts the wind can blaw."

  • Ere the morning light, the war-arrow was split into four splinters, and carried out to the four airts, through all Kesteven.

  • As the winds were coloured like the airts from which they blew, it was believed that they could be influenced by coloured objects.

    Ancient Man in Britain

    Donald A. (Donald Alexander) Mackenzie
  • These two stanzas were written as a continuation of Burns's popular song, "Of a' the airts the wind can blaw."

  • And he waved his hands to the four airts of heaven, and called us to hearken to the hills shaking themselves to pieces.

    The Men of the Moss-Hags S. R. Crockett
  • These verses were written as a continuation to Burns's "Of a' the airts the wind can blaw."

British Dictionary definitions for airts


/ɛət; Scottish ert/
(Scot) a direction or point of the compass, esp the direction of the wind; quarter; region
Word Origin
C14: from Scots Gaelic aird point of the compass, height
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