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méit,mét n(see Thurn. Hdb. 179 )f. n s. mét, Ml. 64d7 , 87d9
50 etc.(usual O.Ir. form).méit, Wb. 19d23 ,cf. 14a3 , Sg. 30a10 .
a d s. méit.g s. innaméite , Sg. 151a5 . In later Mid.Ir. and
Mod.Ir. also with non-palatal final & somet.masc. méid f.,
IGT Dec. § 14.17 .méd(lethan),m. g s. méid,méda, § 38.11 .
Greatness,magnitude(of size, quantity, number, extent,
55degree);somet. inabsol. sense oppd. to smallness, but more
commonly indef. denoting size,etc., in general whether great
or small.méit, gl.magnitudo, Ir. Gl. 922. ar meit(magnitu-
dine), Ml. 48c10 .ho meit(mole), 81b4 .huan méit(granditate),
122a13 .inna méite(quantitatis), Sg. 151a5 .hi meit ┐ lagait
60 in greatness and smallness, 26a11 .delb mesarda iter mét ┐
laigit, PH 1968. fon lámthorad méit loighet whether great or
small
, Cáin Ad. § 53 (advbl.).is i ameid.i. mor ┐ beg, Auraic.
676.
IAssubst., (a) of amount, extent, degree, folld. by part.
65gen. orDE:co rofessed méit for serce, Wb. 14d16 .mét ┐
trummae ind rucae, Ml. 87d9 .ar meit in gníma, 48c10 .iar
mét a pectha, 77a7 .is dirím méit trocaire Dé, PH 6474. for
mét a phéne, LB 154b6 .co méit noíbe, Fél. Prol. 6. co mét
ṁbuafaid, TBC 3092. figlem, lēgem . . . cach i mmeit a neirt
70 each according to his strength, Arch. iii 314.7 .re ro-met a
n-itad, Cog. 52.15 .co ngloir ┐ anoir na meti-sea(=cum
tanto honore et gloria), PH 4477 ,cf. 4485 .Méit menman high
spirit,pride (seemenma):leag seol do mhéada menma, P.
Bocht 96 § 2 . In alleg.npr.:mac Genna maic Cuitbiudha
75maic Meite-nach-modh (i.e. excessive greatnessorarrogance?),
Anecd. ii 57.2 .
(b) of physical size or stature:íar méit chorpdai, LU 2558
( RC xxv 238 § 9 ).ni ra bi la Ultu láth gaile rosassad leth
méite fair who could come up to half his size, FB 91. i cionn
80a sé mbliadan déc | do ba lór don mhac a mhét, SG 65.3 .ro
sháraigh na uili macu ar mét, RC x 188.3 .ra gabastar muad-
chloich méti clochi mulind of the size of a millstone, TBC 3728.
ingantach leo a roi-mhēd(of a fish), Fl. Earls 64.26 .g s.as
attrib.:coica ech dergdond sith-méti of great length and size(?),
85 TFerbe 10 .sluag . . . scíthméite(i.e.so big that it would tire
one to count), Met. Dinds. iii 256.
(c)ofnumber: la mméit inna n-imned, Ml. 95b13 .co méit
míle many thousands, Fél. Mar. 17. ba he met in chomthinoil
. . . da espuc dec ar tri cetaib, PH 573. rambia fot sáegail ┐
mmed clainne, Ériu ii 210.15 .ni fuil airim ara med do cleir-
5chib, RC xviii 30.33 .
(d) exceptionally in concrete sense:cid ara ndernsat Greic
in met romor ut int ech, Aen. 462 (=molem hanc immanis
equi, Virg. Aen. ii 150 ).Cf. fer meite coimse`of small means',
Laws iv 352.18 Comm. ropo ruiri co ro-méit, LL 127a51
10`with exceeding greatness', MacCarthy 154 § 1 ).
(e) common in chevilles:met cath, SR 7235. met gal, 1507 .
met rath, 7325 .méit búadae, Fél. Jan. 16. méd n-amm,
Met. Dinds. iii 198. mét snúad, ii 68 .met n-anḟis, Ériu iv
92 § 5. mét barc, LL 8b22 =med mbarc, BB 31a53 .
15(f)cia m. ¤ ? how much(many)? cia mmeit(gl.quanta), Ml.
25c4 , (quantum), 26a10 .ce mét aimmser how many times , Sg.
25b16 .ni fetar a rím . . . ca med ros-ordaig Dia pian adbul,
PH 7329. ní idir mé gá méad lá, Dán Dé xxii 7. gá mhéd uair
doríne an ghoid how often , MacAingil 176.19 .cá mhéad ní-sa
20mhó ná sin how much more , Prov. xi 31.
IIIn various stereotyped or idiomatic phrases: (a)is í
(é, ed) mét, with gen. such isthegreatness(amount,etc.)of:
issí inso méit inna failte, Wb. 19d23 .hisí mét a suidigthe(gl.
adeo), Thes. ii 11.40 ( Bcr. 18b9 ).ba he mét a n-omain co na
25boi oen-duine díb cen cretem, PH 2481. ba he med na
dochraidi co mba hecin etc., RC xxiv 190 § 1. Similarly:isid
méit, Sg. 30a10 .is heid méit,ib. 14 (both gl.quantus).
(b)ní ed a m. ¤ (folld. by subord. clause) not only , used in
Glosses to transl. Lat.non tantum (solum):ni ed a met
30demnigmi-ni ar ndligeda not only do we confirm our sayings,
Ml. 35b1 .ní ed a m. ¤ nad [anadMS.] robae etugud Dǽ desom
not only was there no jealousy, 32d10 .ní ed a m. ¤ foilsigther ind
inne, Sg. 211a10 .
(c)atá de méit(with gen.) so great(much)is . . .:roboi du
35meit a pecthae-som combu uisse a n-epeltu so great were their
sins
, Ml. 98c6 .ata do meid a sherce agum co mud duthracht
lim feis les so much do I love him, Aen. 679. biaid do met a
fergi so great will his anger be, Cog. 94.11 .bá dethbir són ém
ce robaí do mét in chotulta boí do mét na athscísi it was
40natural that the length of (his) sleep should be proportioned to

(his) fatigue, TBC² 1820 = TBC 2471 , where the construction
is confused.ata do met is luigtech in dobriathar so weak is the
adverb
, Auraic. 4232. With poss. pron.:ferais tromṡnechta
. . . ┐ baí da mét co roiched co formnaib fer, TBC 625. atá
45dha mhét d'ulc dorónais . . . nach saílim,etc. thou hast done
so much harm
, Acall. 3563.
(d)is méite it is much,it is of moment (= Lat.rei interest)?
with neg.ní m. ¤ it is no great matter;it is not surprising ?ni
meite bid machdad forgare forru, Sg. 161b12 ; `not so very
50wonderful would be command to them
' edd. Thes.ni méte
dúibsi ni coitsi[d] frinni, Wb. 17b32 (context obscure, prob.
corrupt).ní méti do-som an déicsin andiaráid sin, BDD 109
(for suggested emendations of both passages see Ériu x 191 ).
is méite lim(m) I deem it much,of importance;I desire? ba
55méite limm ni scartha friumm I would fain thou hadst not
parted from me
(? gl.desiderans te videre), Wb. 29d8 .másu
oénadaig . . . fesi dam-sæ la Líadain, | méti la láech nod-fiad |
ind adaig ní archriad a layman who would spend the night
(with L.) would be fain that it did not wear out(?), Liad. and
60Cuirithir 20.6 .meti [lim] ni badam beó | d'ingnais rig Maige
da cheo I had rather not live without, LL 276a41 .meite lais na
raitéd in talmain amail sige séig, O'Curry MS. Mat. 473.4 =
meti les no raited in trogain sín sighi se[i]g`he sped over the earth
like the darting of a hawk
', RC xiii 222.15 .médithirlem na [leg.
65no?] tairissedcuil . . . form' íarcómla for a déni, Aisl. MC 85.6
(where Meyer emends:midithir) may be a reminiscence of this
construction (=it would have been all the same to me if a fly . . .
had alighted on my posterior
?).
ba méite it would be desirable,fitting,natural: bá méte ná
70cotlad nech oc á imrádud, LU 1368 ( RC xxi 378.11 ).ba meite
cach cride rod-car a bossad it were meet that every heart that
loved him should lament him
, LL 123b18 .bá méte no beth
i scélaib . . . a ndoróni Hechtoir, TTr.² 947. (folld. by cond.)
ba méte leo ná fagēbtáis a ndoithin debtha co forcenn
75mbetha . . . Ba méite leo . . . no brufitís múrv na Trói(= it
seemed to them they could never glut their desire for com-
bat?), 1465 .uair is e cetna bescno . . . ba mede co mbad leithiu
quamgach mbescna it were natural that it should be more
comprehensive than any (other) speech
, Auraic. 34. méte ann ó
80chách gan a chleith it were not likely it would be concealed(?),
Keat. i p. 192 (poem).ba médi consnaidfi in tíag(=be sure
to take great care of
), Arch. Hib. iv 204.13 .
For a discussion of the phrase:is (ba) méite, folld. by
a dependent subjunctive, see Ériu x 190 - 2 , where Bergin
85takes it as = it is(would be)likely .
(e)in méit, folld. by rel. clause, as much(many)as;those
who(whom): in met fuil o talmain corice suide(i.e. the distance),
Laws i 28.17 Comm. in file . . . acras in mhed na dlighenn
who claims an amount to which he is not entitled, 58.17 Comm.
in met ata a n-oghacht dibh as many of them as are unmarried,
5 ZCP vi 26.19 .na gnéithe . . . nach cóir a ttús chomhfhocal
┐ an mhéd nach cóir 'na ndeireadh those which are incorrect
at the end
, IGT Introd. § 2. grádhuighim an mhéid grádhui-
ghios mé, Prov. viii 17. do sgríobhadh na méide a fuaras don
tsenchas to write all I could find, MS. Mat. 554.18 .
10Similarly with poss. pron. orcach:a méad do lean Lúicei-
fear, Dán Dé v 12. gach mét do ghairdechus dorinnedur ann,
ní féttur a innisin the amount of rejoicing . . . cannot be told,
RC xix 146 § 122. gach meit bhias for nech dhe sin, is moidi
a anoir leo-som the more of it (tattooing) there is on a person,
15 Marco P. § 119. gach med do arachtus doni the greater your
prowess
, Aen. 2898.
IIIAsadv. (a)inméit (acc.) so much,to such a degree: in
méit so(gl.adeo), Enchir. Aug. 70a ( ZCP vii 480 ).in meit so
(tantum), Ml. 65d5 .in meit se(tam), 93b2 . Sg. 42b6 . Similarly
20with prep.:arun méit se ni cuming(tam non potest), Thes. ii
6.31 .
(b)méit(acc.?), folld. by subst. in acc. or later gen., as big
as =méitithir:dosbili . . . méit gamlías; súili . . . méit chore,
FB 91. méit cliab [cleibv.l.] buana in dosbili as large as a
25reaping-basket
, BDD 97. in da míol . . . mett telach no cenn
sleibi cechtar de, IT iii 237.76 .anmanda . . . méit eich
aighnigh, Anecd. i 53 § 23. Cf. ba meti cend fir in chnú, LL
116b18 . Similarlymé(i)t is:rícisi teneadh . . . met is fiad-
ubla, BB 382b10 .meit is ri habraid a derc (.i. chommeit ri
30cori), IT i 163.1 . ( LL 208a16 ).
(c) as rel.adv.introducing a subord. clause, as much as,
as far as,to the extent that: meit atan echtrainn(=quanto
externi sunt), Ml. 72d15 .meit as sochmacht as much as it well
can
, Thes. ii 2.32 ( Aug. 5d4 ).met nad frithbeir(quantum non
35obsistit), 36.27 ,cf. 19.32 .meid ataí-siu ac cessacht ḟorm-sa,
TBC 3695. Similarly with art. or poss. pron.:in mét beta
firién in doini, is in méit sin is téchtae doib dilgadche in pro-
portion as men are righteous, forgiveness is fitting for them
, Ml.
56a20 .in meit ba glan a chorp . . . is e méit bá glana a ainimm,
40 PH 469. is e a mét ros-lín oman so greatly did fear possess
them
, 1121 .ba he a mét ro raid so co n-ingantaigtis`such was
the force with which he uttered this
', 6589 .as e a med ro
thuaircset he, Aen. 2329. a mēt rohsantoig nem nār | nach
tēt grād inn altōir ūad so much he longed for heaven that love
45of the altar never left him
, Arch. iii 306 § 6. beith mar bhím a
mhéad as meise mé féin as long as I am myself(i.e. alive), Dán
Dé xxiii 17. With prep.ar:is de atberthe in siriti de ar a met
no delbad i n-ilrechtaib, FB 75. ar a mét ra thálsat na halma
a loim because of the abundance of milk the herds gave, TBC
50 1591. ni erchoitigfet [na demna] duit ar a mét ro imgabais
iat, PH 8342. ar a mét ba forbailid lais in áirc . . . do thorach-
tain so great was his joy at the arrival of the ark, LB 130b8 .Cf.
on meid adaimter i trebad`since(?to the extent that) he is
recognized
', Laws v 284. 29 , quoted by O'Dav. 1261 with gl.
55 meit .i. uair because (a mistaken inference).
(d)cech méit in proportion(as): cech méit is moo in onoir
i mbi nech, is í sin mét is guasacht dó(=quanto maior honor,
tanto maius periculum), PH 4114. cach mét ro fhás in gorta
. . . is é mét ro erig menma . . . na crechaired, LB 154b18 .
60Similarly:nach mét bes n-ire ó Adam(gl.quanto posterius
quisque), Enchir. Aug. 86b ( ZCP vii 485 ).cacha ra ba di
mét a thurse great as was his fatigue, FB 85 (=ce ro bai do
meit a toirsi, Eg.) is a contamination of this construction
andII (c).
65(e) in later lang. with art., folld. by subord. clause, in so far
as,inasmuch as,because: dogeb-sa ó Día, an meid as dalta
damh é, co ticfidh a trocaire air since he is my foster-son, BCC
§ 314. ionnas gur ttugadh, an mhéid gur dhuine é, díol ceart
do Dhia inasmuch as he was man, O'Hussey TC 55.16 .thug
70[Dia] úghdarras dó . . . an mhéid gurab é mac an duine, John
v 27. gurab é an tAthair is tosach don Tríonóid, an mhéid go
bhfuil, ┐ gurab uaidh do geineadh an Mac inasmuch as He
exists
(i.e. is Being), Eochairsg. 38.23 ; 76.23 .
(f)dá mhéid however great,much(late): is beag gach sochair
75dá mhéad, Content. vi 188. dá mhéad bhios ag cor 'na cheann
no matter how many are against him, xxviii 58 .dá mhéid
eagna ┐ neart bhíos aca, TSh. 3500. an tí chuireas a dhóigh
i nduine dá mhéid, 618 .
See alsoméitithir.

80 méite(méte,méide) n m.(méit) size;amount,extent:a late
form ofméit(? due to use ofg s.in expressions like:isméite )
and similarly used.snam selg mete marcachos`size', Ériu
viii 68.40 = LL 31a13 .meide eiccen tuile a certain amount of
current
, Fl. Earls 64.13 .go ffuil in caislen sin i n-a meide fein
85ar oibreachaip landaingne na Cristaigeachta with regard to its
size
, 66.28 ,cf. 70.17 .tangator in meide ba himfhoixe doip do
mhaithip all the nobles who were near them, 64.25 ,cf. 88.16 .
ros-diamlaig in meiti ro cumaing as much as he could, CCath.
5477. gor lass indtind Laisrein an meide sin indus corb'ecen
. . . so much that, BCC § 280.