of-dæle
Morphological Analysis
Wordclass: Noun
Gender: Neuter
Related §§ in Wright's OE Grammar:
In the OE text, the length is:indicated by acute accentsindicated by macronsnot indicated.
of-dæle
an(?); n. A downward slope, descent, incline Hié nyllaþ gepyndan hiera mód swelce mon deópne pól gewerige ac hé lǽt his mód tóflówan on ðæt ofdæle (ofdele, Hatt. MS.) giémeliéste and ungesceádwísnesse they will not dam up their minds, as one banks up a deep pool, but he lets his mind flow away to the downward slope of carelessness and folly; quia (anima) se ad superiora stringendo non dirigit, neglectam se inferius per desideria expandit, Past. 39, 1; Swt. 282, 15. Hí síen on ðæt ofdæle ásigen tó yfele and ðider healde, Bt. 24, 4; Fox 84, 28. Sió sunne scýft on ofdæle the sun descends, Met. 13, 58. [Cf. Goth. at ibdaljin this fairgunjis ad descensum montis, Lk. 19, 37: O. Sax. te dale: O. H. Ger. ze tale downwards.] v. preceding word.
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