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spéir n f.(Lat. sphaera, perh. through Fr. or Eng.). sbéir f.,
IGT § 14 (69.7) .
85(a) sphere, circle : sluaigh in t-Sabhdain a foslongpurt . . . ┐
iad do reir spere no compais comcruind in the shape of a
sphere
, ZCP vi 59.3 . comchruinn feib speire boí in lucc sin,
St. Ercuil 1274 . Of a cone: is ar cuma speiri ata sgaili na
talman = et quod umbra terre est conus (Gloss.), Ir. Astr. Tr.
86.18 . Note also: tar imioll is méala s. ¤ a crotha do dhul `the
5beauty of its form
' (of poetry), Ó Bruad. iii 194.3 .
(b) orbit (of a heavenly body): don taibh thuas do speir an
re, Ir. Astr. Tr. 86.20 . ó tá an domhan i modh chruinn | is
spéar gréine na cearcuill `solar firmament', Content. v 40 .
speir na greine . . . s. ¤ na nardrennach ndaingen, MS. Mat.
10 657.35 .
(c) sky, heaven, firmament : an torann . . . | do thugadh an
tonn go s. ¤ , Oss. iii 264.20 . dar an sbéir `by heaven', O'Gr. Cat.
30.12 . s. ¤ is fairge, Keat. Poems 1462 . budh prás an s. ¤ bhías
ós do chionn, Deut. xxviii 23 . íoghar na spéire horizon, ZCP
15 v 205.6 (Midn. Court). In pl.: imdenam na firmaminti ┐ na
spered, D iv 2, 71va12 . taisbeanuid na spéirigh obair a lámh,
Ps. xix 1 . thugadar na spéirigh fúaim, lxxvii 17 .

spéirling n violence, strife, contention : ní béalbhriosc le s. ¤ do
thrácht go prap `in challenging to sudden strife', Ó Bruad. ii
20156.5 . túirling fraoch spéirlinge a mbíodhbhadh `contentious
rage
', 10.8 . Cf. biaidh go fuineadh dá spriongar iona spéliong-
tha, ii 6.15 .

spéis n[f.] (Mid.Eng. or O.Fr. peis or Lat. pensa, O'Rahilly,
Sc.G.St. ii 28 ). (a) affection, fondness, regard, esteem : bud buan
25s. ¤ Úi Moga mir `reverence', Caithr. Thoirdh. 54.26 . ionmhuin
martradh ghlan go ngaois | an mhacradh (sic leg.) [i] mar a
sbéis `whose glory lives' (the Innocents?), Dán Dé xxvi 55 . rí
go s. ¤ Cathal na gcon a king worthy of respect, Irish Texts iv
64 § 120 . innis dúinn tré s. ¤ `for friendship', SG 108.37 =
30 Acall. 661 .
(b) interest, attention, concern , usually with follg. i n-: gan
sbēis ad grād, ZCP viii 230 § 12 . ┐ a sbéis isin deabaidh
absorbed in watching the conflict, ALC i 302.4 . sbéis i dtagadh
is dall dúnn to be concerned with, Dán Dé xxvi 17 . s. ¤ am
35dhánuibh dhlighe, Studies 1924, 243.17 . Note also: fá
handúthchus . . . | sbéis ag Maonmhoigh san Mhaineach `that
M. should pay heed to a Maineach
', Ériu v 66.3 . ní raibh s. ¤
aice ann do láthair she immediately lost interest in him, SG 9.3 .
With verbs: don chineadh dar chóir an ríghe | i rígh eile ní
40fhuil s. ¤ cares for no other king, L. Cl. A. Buidhe 83.46 . ní
bhíadh mo sbéis id dhā uigh, KMMisc. 364.20 . dég einfhir ni
fhuil mo sbéis, Rel. Celt. ii 218.30 . 'sa colaind na cuirem s. ¤
let us not take an interest in, Arch. iii 236 § 9 . na cuir s. ¤ a mac
no a mnaoi, O'Gr. Cat. 280.8 . nocha dtabhradh sbéis | i gclú
45dá bhfaghbhadh Froinséis, DDána 52.16 . gach teidhm . . . |
a ttiubhraid a s. ¤ , Irish Texts iv 73 § 16 . mar do fuair mise
sbéis ann (of a story), Flower Cat. 353.21 . i n-a n-iarr ní
fhaghaim sbéis `I heed not his demands', PBocht 7.9 . ionnta
tarla mo s. ¤ -se, Measgra D. 46.26 . do sháidhedar sbeis mhor
50a mB., ITS v 108.20 . Note also: gan s. ¤ without concern, Oss.
vi 16.13 .

speisialta adj(based on Eng. special) special: gan congnamh s. ¤ an
Spiorad Naoimh, TSh. 32 . dá ghrásaibh s. ¤ féin, 3166 . obair
sbeisialta an Sbiorad naoimh, Parrth. Anma 96.13 ( Luc. Fid.
55 52.8 ). mailli fri ced spesialta ōn pā[pa], Fl. Earls 192.13 . Adv.
specially : is uatha . . . do gairmeadh go s. ¤ cine Scuit do
Ghaedhealaibh Alban, Keat. ii 913 . gorub ag C.C. do batar
na grása sin co sbeselta, BCC 238 (240.32) . go speisialtha,
Desid. 1608 (see Gloss.). co speitsialta, RSláinte 337 .

60 speisialtacht n[f.] (speisialta) speciality: doní fós Doctúir H.
'n-a chroinic s. ¤ ar chuid díobh `special mention', Keat. ii 1084 .
adermaid co fogailter in leiges a tri modhaib .i. o geiniraldacht
┐ o spetsialdacht ┐ o uimir, RC xlix 23.12 . annamhacht ┐
spedhsialdacht a tegaisc, ITS xxix 170.20 .

65 spel n f.(back-formation from spelaid, O'Rahilly, Sc.G.St. ii 26 )
scythe: speal `a sithe', Eg. Gl. 563 . dáil na speile ag buain an
fheóir, TSh. 2644 . go niomat speal ┐ corrán, FM vi 2186.20 .
co mbealaibh ┐ spealaibh, Aisl. Tund. ix 2 . fear speile,
Measgra D. 66.21 . Metaph. speal an bháis, TSh. 2646 .

70 speladóir n m.(spel) scythesman, mower : sbealadóir, IGT Decl.
§ 50 .

speladóirecht n[f.] (speladóir) scything, mowing : déis speala-
dóireachta an Rígh, Amos vii 1 .

spelaid v(Mid.Eng. pilen, pelen, O'Rahilly, Sc.G.St. ii 26 , see
75 Ériu xi 159 , xiii 191 ) strips, peels, mows, sheds, scatters : no
spelad a fultu ┐ a n-ulcu (sic leg. with v.l.) cona laim clí dib
= coman . . . abscidit, CCath. 3995 . mo chúl . . . do spealadh dá
bhruachaibh, Keat. Poems 1421 . go spealtar fá dheóidh dhe
gach blás dá mbí air he is stripped of all his smoothness (the
80sinner compared to Job), TSh. 7961 . go spealtar amach ainn-
séin é, go n-éagann amhlaidh sin (sc. an t-othar) is completely
debilitated
(?), 7954 . gan beadhgadh re doimhneas a spréidh
do speal has spent his wealth, Ó Bruad. ii 204.x .
Vn. ag spealadh a splín-chiabh shaving off his thin hair,
85 TSh. 6682 . iar spealadh a spinnséireach `when their spencers
were mown down
'. Ó Bruad. iii 20.1 . dá dtig é . . . do spealadh
a mhaoine saoghalta ré hól so that he disperses his earthly goods,
TSh. 10356 . airgead spealta money to spend (?), Hackett
xxxix 213 . Ó Bruad. iii 16.6 .
Part.: ina anach spealta mown path, Keat. Poems 1500 .