ellma

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Forms: n-ellma, ellma

n (1 ellam) speed, rapidity, promptness: as advb. acc.: ni tancatar-side in ellma sin iter co cathair B. they did not come so readily CCath. 3278 . i n-ellma (< ind ellma ?)

(a) speedily, soon, promptly: doforficfa foirithin i n-ellma, CCath. 3579 . tí í toi ┐ i nellma, 'may it come in silence and in readiness' Thes. ii 352.15 . gan dul i n-ellmha ina fhoirithin at once Hugh Roe² 33.14 (f. 18a) . rob adbar eccaoine fer a chrotha...d'écc in ellmha amhlaidh sin so soon AFM vi 2176 w . nár bhó hurasa dóibh iompudh in eallmha dia ttír...ar nó beittís a naimhde...agá ttóraigheacht to return speedily 2324.6 ; 1962.16 . ní ro ráthaighset in eallmha an t-éludh `did not perceive the escape for some time' 1898.13 = Hugh Roe² 7.15 (f. 4a) .

(b) soon enough, in time (?): ro dháil Ua D. ...go líon a sochraide, acht chena ní thainicc in eallmha did not come in time (?) AFM v 1866.26 . Cf. ní raghadh ass itir in eallmha muna toirseadh, AFM iii 114.11 .

(c) ready, prepared: go mbáttar in ellma for cionn na nGall `prepared to meet' AFM vi 2060.16 . ó ro baoi gach aidhme...ind eallma lasan luing, Hugh Roe² 3.15 (f. 1b) . Cf. a ellma as dech do cech rath, Ériu ix 47 § 18 (see RC xxxix 407 - 408 ).