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keir

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noun
  1. kier.

kier

or keir

[keer]
noun
  1. a large vat in which fibers, yarns, or fabrics are boiled, bleached, or dyed.

Origin of kier

First recorded in 1565–75, kier is from the Old Norse word ker vessel, vat
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Examples from the Web for keir

Historical Examples

  • A special favourite with both of us was William Stirling of Keir.

    Tracks of a Rolling Stone

    Henry J. Coke

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

  • Only Oran and Keir cursed the fishes in the deeps of the sea and the flies in the deeps of the air.

  • Mr. Keir Hardie has been interviewed by the Christian Commonwealth.

    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


British Dictionary definitions for keir

kier

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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