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85 métaigid v g, (méit) rarely with palatal stem méitigid. (a) in-
creases, makes larger or greater: ro medighasdar-sum i enlarged
it
, Laws v 492.18 Comm. métaig m'onoir isin tshoegul! PH
7989. métaigfid Dia a mírbuli isna heclaisib, 2545 . nó métai-
ghedh ┐ nó tormaighedh a gnimradha gaile for cech ló, CCath.
357. medēcha rath gach tigi it will increase the prosperity,
5 Fen. 212.13 . meideochuidh se foghluim, Prov. 15.
Pass. ro medaighedh iris ┐ grádh Dé lais, RC xxv 388 § 1.
da medaithi no da laigdithi an firmamint, ITS xiv 74.12 .
Fig. ro métaiged menma Césair, CCath. 569 , cf. 1089 . méduigh
do mheanma lé greim aráin comfort thine heart, Judges xix 5.
10 Exalts, promotes: meiteochat tú tar gach nech, RC xix 262
§ 176 . Extols: do mhédaig ainm Dé ┐ Chiarain, SG 12.31 .
méudaigh moruigh magnify , Eg. Gl. 316.
(b) intrans. grows larger, increases: métaigis in béist co nar
ba luga hí oltás torcc, PH 7216. iar tteacht do Patraic . . . do
15mhétaigh an creidemh, BNnÉ 113 § 5. ro ḟoirbriter ┐ ro
métaighset na teinnte, RC xxv 392 § 8.
(c) in late lang., métaigid ar increases, adds to: do mheudaigh
sí ┐ a fear ar a n-urnaighthibh, Eochairsg. 89.7 . mo thurus
. . . mhéaduigh air m'aicíd increased my sickness, ITS xvii
20237.640 . is coir began da tabairt ar dus ┐ medaigh air tar eis
a ceili increase the amount by degrees, R.I.A. 23 P 10², 16a15 .
vn. métugud.

metaigtheóir n i, m., one who increases, makes greater: a mhé-
duighthóir mhór-ratha, Ériu ix 10.6 .

25 metal n metal see mital.

métal n ā, f., ? médal, IGT Decl. § 37. ? g s. na médla (: chédgha),
ib. ex. 970 . A paunch, belly (esp. of an animal used for food):
medhal (leg. médal), gl. panc[i]a, Ir. Gl. 235. n s. an mhédal ,
RC xxix 220.16 . d s. a médail an mhairt, 219.24 . cona
30thengaid do métail ` metal ', Aisl. MC 89.24 (but see Glossary;
something edible is meant). g s. ic bein ind cluic metlu , 123.19 .
cona menestir mæth-metla, 124.33 . an mheudal the maw ,
Deuter. xviii 3. bolg . . . amhail méadail capaill, E. Ó Rahilly
291.2 (1911).

35 1 metar n o, m., (Lat. metrum) metre (in verse): n s. in metur , Ml.
30a10 . is trí metur ro ceta int sailm, 30a9 . g s. metir, Sg. 8a13 .
fri toimsidetaid metair (gl. in metro), 25b1 . metur dachtalacda,
Hib. Min. 6.177 . tre metur fileta, Trip. 172.8 . tria metar . . .
ro raidh C. na nethi si . . . ge ro scribamair-ne tria prois, Fen.
40 290.26 . metuir .i. comardugh[ud] in dana, O'Dav. 1219. g s.
metuir, ib. ? pl. a ndrēchta togai, a metrida āille, Ériu iv
163.17 .

2 metar n o, m., (Lat. metrum, K. Meyer, RC xii 465 ) a measure;
a wooden vessel, mether . metar, Ériu iv 134.18 (n s.). secht
45metair cona cerclaib, ib. 13 . in metair duirn ` hand-mether ',
Laws i 134.4 Comm. (n s.). do bleogain a mbo i meatraib ` milk-
pails ', v 276.23 Comm. for én-metur cruithnechta, LB 155a49 .
suil . . . bhías an meadar briste, Eccles. xii 6. As ā,f., meadar,
IGT Decl. § 56. ag moch-ól na meidre, ib. ex. 1444 . le dhá
50mheidir líonta de bhainne, E. O'Rahilly 291.4 . meadur ime,
Cín Lae Ó Meall. 7.24 .

metardacht n ā, f., (1 metar) verse, metrical form: is ed in m. ¤ sin
Caillin (of a composition), Fen. 292.1 . i méadardhacht dána,
Keat. i 90.18 . a miodarracht, MacAingil 262.10 .

55 metarde adj io, iā (1 metar) metrical: cen fornaidm m. ¤ (gl. solutā
oratione), Ml. 27d24 .

? metet: ind fer m. ¤ saithe `a man who watches a swarm', Laws iv
190.8 (glossed .i. fear meitces no comaitches).

meth n o and i, n. and m.; n s. meth n-einich, TBFlidais 10 ( IT
60 ii2 208 = LL 247a40 ), TBFr. 132 , 191 , 192 ( Med. & Mod.Ir.
Ser. v = LL 249b2 , 250a11 , 12 ). g s. metha, Laws; meith,
TBC² 2607 = mith, TBC 3371. n p. trí meth , LL 147b23 . d p.
ar mithibh , ZCP x 346 § 10. meath m. ¤ , g s. n p. meith or metha,
IGT Decl. § 38.8 .
65 Decay, blight, wasting, failure , both in physical and moral
sense. a m. ¤ no a garséle (gl. cess), LU 4961 ( TBC² p. 19 n. 23 ).
is m. ¤ ┐ milliud dond ḟir, ZCP iii 3.3 ( LL 269a14 ). a m. ¤ n-uthruis
his wasting through disease, Arch. iii 234 § 11 ; meath n-uthrais,
236 § 13 . cia mbad trom leis . . . bith fo m. ¤ ┐ mélacht, LL 222b9
70( TTr. 389 ). is terc duine dhá mbiann maith | ná biann m. ¤ ar chuit
da chlainn, O'Gr. Cat. 119.20. Freq. in threats or imprecations:
a m. ¤ no a trucha mana tarda dó he shall decay or die early,
BColm. 64.28 , cf. 72.22 , 88.14 . m. ¤ ┐ moch-léithe . . . doib,
RC xv 312 ( Dinds. 18 ). meath dóibh-seom má ḟorluidhsead
75as a ngéillsine, BR 144.2 . meath for na giallu dia n-elád, RC
xxiii 404 § 12. Folld. by defining gen.: ar na raib m. ¤ n-einich
nā anma duit and, IT ii2 208 ( LL 247a40 ); cf. Fianaig.
72.31 , RC iii 346.33 . ni ar m. ¤ gascid dorochrabair-si not
from want of valour
, TFerbe 586 . cen m. ¤ ruamna cech datha,
80 LL 20b7 . gan mheath cnuais ar choll, Content. xxx 19.
míorath ┐ meath talmhan failure of crops, Keat. ii 4877. ar
meth: mór an crech | tech n-æiged Críst arna m. ¤ `that Christ's
guest-house should be neglected
', BColm. 100.17 . mac becc
bacach ar m. ¤ `in a decline', Mart. Don. 90.4 . do bí sé ar m. ¤
85conuice sin at ebb of fortune, BCC § 328. rachaidh furachus an
drochdhuine ar meath shall perish, Prov. x 28. cen meth
without fail , common in poetry, oft. a mere expletive: cen m. ¤ ,
cen ditha, SR 1015. failet ann tri mūir cen m. ¤ , 345 , 4571 .
cen terbud, cen m. ¤ , ZCP xiii 30.12 . dot-ic cen m. ¤ , TFerbe
801 . gach tenga cen m. ¤ | forsa tardadh rath, Ériu iv 238.3 .
5 do innis Maodhócc gan m. ¤ | sgela d'Fíonán, BNnÉ 277 § 261.
g s. as attrib.: nā bí bliadain meith | cen chreich no cen chath
`for a feeble year', KMMisc. 264 § 26 ( LL 148b4 ). ? ni thecat
da fuapairt | acht [mad] athig mith (: tig), TBC 3371 = nach
tanic . . . acht mad aigith meith, TBC² 2607 ; `derbe Männer',
10Wind.; feeble (spiritless) churls? the object of Fer Diad is to
belittle his opponent. The reading mith is supported by the
beginning of poem: is mithig. Cf. Mac Lesc . . . aithech
meith, Four Songs 18.1 = a. mith, LL 208a36 , where the
sense seems similar.
15 In moral sense of feebleness, degeneracy: is m. ¤ , ní maith
cotlud trom, SC 30. is ar m. ¤ ro treic . . . ní ar deirc na trocaire
through senile weakness (?) he has renounced (the Borama), LL
376a9 .
In pl. in concrete sense: trí meth ócthigirn three short-
20comings
, Ériu ix 46 § 12 = LL 147b23 . celtair Dē umam . . .
ar mithibh, ZCP x 346 § 10.
In Laws failure (to fulfil an obligation) with gen. of thing
failed in: m. ¤ sloigid `failure in furnishing men to the hosting',
i 152.2 . m. ¤ feise la rig `failure to supply the feast of a king',
25 230.22 . smacht metha uithir `fine for failure of maintaining
the sick
', 130.16 Comm.
Other applications: ní meath ormsa an chóir do rádh I will
not shrink from stating
, Content. xviii 14. gibe fhuilngeas . . .
meath a chúise dá charaid `if a man lets his friend's cause be
30defeated
' (? lets his cause be weakened by a friend i.e. pleads
feebly through partiality for an opponent; see §§ 9 - 13 ), xx 2 .
Créud an pecadh doní an té mhionnaigheas gan riachtanas?
— Meth a dhála, Luc. Fid. 100.5 . eisdim a do no a tri d'aifr-
ionnuibh má's eidir é, meath mo dhala, Parrth. Anma 370.1 .
35As quasi-vn.: do meath ┐ do mí-chumdach midlach `to cow
and dismay
', MR 230.20 . dobud maith do mheath drochlaoich
a ndenoigh what thou dost (sayest) were enough to daunt a
craven
, ZCP x 285.9 .
Compd. meas meathcraind fruit of a sickly tree, IT iii 88
40§ 105 = Bruchst. i § 33 .