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remáin

Cite this: eDIL s.v. remáin or dil.ie/34997

adv. Acc. to Meyer RC xxxiii 96 , 97 a vn. of *remi-aig `drives before', hence `front-drive', used adverbially in dat. or loc. case = in the forefront, in the van . Used in Félire and TBC, TBC2; in the two latter always in combination with some form of the prep. ré, in TBC always accompanied by ríam. ré síl dálach doíne | tóided in rí remāin let the king lead in front , Fél. Jan. 1 (: Enāir). sluind . . . Mael-anfaid ainm remain a name among the first , Jan. 31 (: Enāir). hí pais Floriáni | feil dí rétglainn remāin there are two stars foremost , March 3 (: Senāin). ráith co n-ilur sochlach . . . cona ṡlóg ríg remain , Sept. 19 (`in the forefront of a host of noble kings', Meyer, read- ing: co slóg ríg rán remáin ). In the above exx. Stokes takes remáin as an indecl. adj. and translates `pre-eminent'. In follg. exx. seems = before, beforehand, in advance (of place and time), merging into the later use of the adv. remainn (see below): buiden cech óin laithi | dos-ruimdemar remain we have enumerated them above (in the Félire), Fél. Ep. 6 (: Enāir). táet cet láech úaib lasin n-ingin . . . ┐ teit ind ingen remán remib, TBC² 1469 ( LU 5936 ). it heiside no bitis remain riasin sluag, 244 . luid C. ríam remain rempu had gone on before them , TBC 1394 , cf. 689 . iarra-su nech n-aill ríam reman rempo seek some one else (to be) before them (i.e. to lead them ), 495 . dammad ar galaib óenfir dosfístá Oengus . . . ar co taetsaitis leis riam remain reime they would have fallen at his hand before now , 2819 .

Cf. O'Cl.: reamhain .i. réim áineasa, no áoibhneasa (a gloss perh. suggested by Fél. Jan. 1 and Sept. 19 ); .i. rémhaisnéis, no rémhinnsin (cf. Fél. Ep. 6 ).