1 mes(s)ach

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Forms: messaig

adj o, ā. (1 mes) worthy of esteem, possessing honour or repute ? n p m. rīg rānmessaig , ZCP v 499 § 8 (noble in judgement?) ? don Mhumhain mheasaigh `all worthy of honour', O'Bruad. iii 48 (the context would support the rendering abounding in mast, fertile , see follg.).

2 mes(s)ach

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adj o, ā. (2 mes) fruitful: (applied to a river) os Búill messaigh , Leb. Gab. i 20.23 (glossed: iasccach no bradánach) = ós Búill messaidh, FM i 4 n . (see Hogan, Onom. s.v. Carn Cesra).

mes(s)ad

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n u, m., vn. of mesaid.

(a) scrutinizing, judging, ap- praising: in mesad mesas in sacart in cailech `the examination wherewith the priest examines the chalice', Thes. ii 253.14 ( Stowe Miss. 65 a ). recfuighearé do réir do mheasta-sa estimate , Levit. xxvii 27.

(b) esteem, regard: dobheir Pól oiread measda ar shean- chuimhne shinnsir ┐ dobheir ar Sgrioptúir, Eochairsg. 117.35 . ag bréagnughadh an mheasta bhíos ag an saidhbhir air féin, TSh. 10063.

(c) measuring, fitting? nochar fearr a mheasadh dhí it fitted her no better (of a cloak), ZCP i 297 § 13 (Book of Dean of Lismore).

mes(s)aid

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Forms: mesas, mesad

v ā, (< 1 mes).

(a) examines, judges, appraises: 3 s. rel.) pr. mesas, Thes. ii 253.14 . (with cogn. acc.) a haithli an mesraigt[h]i mesfus an mórc[h]oimdi, ZCP viii 213.10 . do mheas Mac Coise clann Néill, TD 7.11 . fá a ngníomrad mestar mic rígh, O'Gr. Cat. 358.5. nó gur measadh mé as mo neamhstór till I was judged by my poverty, 532.18 . meastar iad trá as a dtreabhaibh `let them be judged from their tribes' (by their habitations? see previous line), Content. x 14. saor meastair ar lochta lé `she remits our sins', PBocht 37 § 10 , perh. = (d). dá meastaoi neart Éireann an tan sin, Keat. i 128.4 .

(b) adjudges: an bhreis mheasaid cách do rígh the superiority which all adjudge to a king, Content. xviii 92.

(c) measures, weighs: ro messad . . . trí chét sessar, Met. Dinds. iii 220. messait ┐ toimsit a fhod ┐ a lethet, Fl. Earls 128.15 . Fig. ponders: meas slíghe do chos, Prov. iv 26.

(d) reckons, esteems, counts (as): muna mhesaind-si me fein ollamh if I did not consider myself an ollave, ZCP ii 352.25 . ná meas ionnraic iad, Keat. Poems 1322. meastar crionna é is counted wise, Prov. xvii 28. Gen. xv 6. measfaidhear an bhliadhain ar son an laoi (= annus pro die imputabitur), TSh. 4895. Cf. messait cach fri torbha puiplidhi . . . an tegh all consider this house a public benefit, Fl. Earls 182.5 .

(e) deems, believes, supposes: ro mesatar nach rachadh, Fl. Earls 134 y . na persana i n-a mestur droichspirut in whom an evil spirit is supposed to be, 216.27 . ní measdar leam . . . nach éigneochadh úam mh'áontaidh I do not believe, Ériu ix 4.21 . dá mheastaoi leó iad féin do bheith somharbhtha, TSh. 533.

(f) with vn. as obj. thinks (of doing), proposes, resolves: ro mhes a fúadach leis he resolved to carry her off, Ériu v 184.370 . mesait dol asteach go hAroinn, Fl. Earls 8.15 . do mheasadar teacht dá dhíoghail, Keat. ii 1187.

vn. mesad q.v.

mesaigid

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v g, (< 1 mes) deems, opines: nach meallfadh mé ná measaigh think not that he would not beguile me, Ériu ix 4.20 . mhesaich sé . . . gan é d' fhortacht ón anró, Ir. Texts ii 81 § 28. ? badar mesaigthi a torthe ZCP xxvii 32 § 9 (B) .

mesaigthe

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see mesaigid.

? mesairthe

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Forms: mesar

adj io, iā. badar mesairthi [mesaigthi v.l.] a toirthi ┐ a tigernus (of Cairbre Musc mac Conaire), Anecd. i 18.18 = mesaite ZCP xxvii 32 (LU); cf. Keat. ii 4877 : go dtárla míorath ┐ meath talmhan ré n-a linn san Mhumhain. A part. formation from mesar (mesair) = limited, moderate ? the v.l. may be part. of a denom. *mesaigid (< messa) makes worse, impairs.

mes(s)am

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(subst.) see meisem (M 89.63).

mes(s)am

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(superl. adj.) see olc.

mesamail

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adj i (< 1 mes) with AR, setting a high estimate (on), regardful (of): má's bean . . . cialluighidh a bheith measamhail uirre féin, Corp. Astron. 126.8 . nach mbeidís mhór-mheasa- mhail ortha féin (= nunquam de se ipsis in magnis confidant), Imit. 22.1 .

mes(s)án

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n o, m., (dim. of 3 mes) a pet dog, lapdog: mesan .i. aon is messa do c[h]onuib, Corm. Y 879. measán .i. cú beag, O'Cl. a mesan, LU 3086 ( SG 236.18 ) = a orci, 2967 . im oircne rigna . . . .i. mesan, Laws i 152 z Comm. int oircne . . . no in mesan, O'Dav. 788 , cf. 1153 . messan Conaire, BDD 101 (b) = cū C., ib. (a) . Dubilla ainm in chon . . . messán Bóinne, Met. Dinds. iii 32.