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ceaster

  • noun [ feminineneuter ]
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ceaster, cæster, cester; gen. dat. ceastre; acc. ceastre, ceaster, pl. ceastra; f. The names of places ending in caster and -chester were probably sites of a castrum
Wright's OE grammar
§51; §72; §168; §179; §183; §370;
a fortress, built by the Romans; the Saxon word is burh,
    Gen. 11, 4, 5.
generally f. but sometimes n. vide
A city, fort, castle, town; urbs, civitas, castellum
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  • Ne mæg seó ceaster beon behýd

    non potest civitas abscondi,

      Mt. Bos. 5, 14.
  • On ðære heán ceastre

    in the high city,

      Bt. 39, 5; Fox. 218, 18.
  • Ðá cómon ða weardas on ða ceastre

    then the keepers came into the city,

      Mt. Bos. 28, 11.
  • Ðú in ða ceastre gong

    go thou into the city,

      Andr. Kmbl. 1878; An. 941.
  • Ælla and Cissa ymbsǽton ceaster

    Ella and Cissa besieged the city,

      Chr. 491; Erl. 15, 6.
  • Se Hǽlend ymbfór ealle burga and ceastra

    circuibat Iesus omnes civitates et castella,

      Mt. Bos. 9, 35.
ceaster; gen. ceastres; n.
A city, etc: it is thus declined in the termination of Exan-cester, -ceaster
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  • Ymsǽton Exancester

    besieged Exeter,

      Chr. 894; Erl. 91, 9; Th. 166, 30, col. 1.
  • Ymbsǽton Exanceaster,

      Th. 167, 26, col. l, 2.
  • Ðá wende he hine west wið Exanceastres

    then he turned west towards Exeter

    [versus Exanceaster], Chr. 894; Erl. 91, 10; Th. 166, 31, col. 1; 29, col. 2 ; 167, 28, col. 1, col. 2.
  • Se cyning hine west wende mid ðære fierde wið Exancestres

    the king turned west with the army towards Exeter,

      168, 26, col. 1; 24, col. 2; 169, 21, col. 1; 18, col. 2.
the name of a particular place, as
CHESTER, CAISTOR, CASTOR, the city; hæc civitas
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  • He him sende scipon æfter, and Hugo eorl of Ceastre

    he sent ships after him, and Hugh earl of Chester,

      Chr. 1094; Erl. 230, 28: 1120; Erl. 248, 8.
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v.  cæster cester Exan ceaster.
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  • ceaster, n.