[airt; Scot. eyrt]Chiefly Scot.
- a direction.
- to point out the way; direct; guide.
Also airth [airth; Scot. eyrth] /ɛərθ; Scot. eɪrθ/.
Origin of airt
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
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Examples from the Web for airts
Anywhere—nowhere—everywhere; to 'all the airts the wind can blaw.'The Christian
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.Hereward, The Last of the English
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
airth (ɛəθ, Scottish erθ)
- Scot a direction or point of the compass, esp the direction of the wind; quarter; region
C14: from Scots Gaelic aird point of the compass, height
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