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keir

[keer] /kɪər/
noun
1.
kier.

kier

or keir

[keer] /kɪər/
noun
1.
a large vat in which fibers, yarns, or fabrics are boiled, bleached, or dyed.
Origin of kier
1565-1575
First recorded in 1565-75, kier is from the Old Norse word ker vessel, vat
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  • A special favourite with both of us was William Stirling of keir.

  • On the night of the third day, Oran and keir came to him in his cell.

    The Washer of the Ford Fiona Macleod
  • Only Oran and keir cursed the fishes in the deeps of the sea and the flies in the deeps of the air.

    The Washer of the Ford Fiona Macleod
  • Mr. keir Hardie has been interviewed by the Christian Commonwealth.

    Flowers of Freethought George W. Foote
  • The Christianity of the schools, Mr. keir Hardie says, is dead or dying.

    Flowers of Freethought George W. Foote
  • Upon this point Mr. keir Hardie throws but a single ray of light.

    Flowers of Freethought George W. Foote
  • In a certain sense, however, Mr. keir Hardie has touched a truth.

    Flowers of Freethought George W. Foote
  • But we do not wish to part from Mr. keir Hardie in a spirit of sarcasm.

    Flowers of Freethought George W. Foote
  • "I will consult keir if necessary," said the father when out of hearing of his daughter.

    Uncanny Tales Mary Louisa Molesworth
  • I must see keir; possibly he may understand you better than I can.

    Uncanny Tales Mary Louisa Molesworth
British Dictionary definitions for keir

kier

/kɪə/
noun
1.
a vat in which cloth is bleached
Word Origin
C16: from Old Norse ker tub; related to Old High German kar
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