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Cite this: eDIL s.v. snáithe or dil.ie/38131
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Forms: snátha

n io, m. (cf. glóṡnáithe) (< *snáithne (found in Sc.), singulative of snáth, O'Rahilly, SGS iii 68 ). snátha, DDána 19.9 .

(a) a thread : s.¤ gl. filum, fila, Ir. Gl. 817 . boí in snáthe inna certle hi lláim inna mná, LU 10088 . im snaithe liga `ornamented thread', Laws i 150.10 . snaithi immon mer as nesam dhon ludain (a means of distraint on a physician), ii 120.1 Comm . cóil s.¤ dar dorn dagmná, Triads 75 . snaithi findruine asa n-ochruib (of tunics), IT iii 238.101 . coíca acrann . . . co snáthib argait estib, TBFr. 30 . snaithe snithe saland sacc, Auraic. 809 . gan aon shnaithe don bhrot ag gabhail loisgthe chuige, BNnÉ 162 § 25 . ro ghabh a chois-éideadh . . . do sh.¤ shniomhchaol, ML 112.6 . fuaidh aindsein le snaithi side (of stitching a wound), Irish Texts v 3.14 . gur cheanguil s.¤ sgárláoide fan láimh, Gen. xxxviii 28 . snaithe barruigh a thread of tow, Eg. Gl. 755 . Of a person: s.¤ comhuama a cheinéil, DDána 117.46 . In phr.: bíd daeine ina loighi cen énṡnáithi impu `without a single stitch', Maund. 144 . a bhean . . . | gad bheir tú gan áontshnáit[h]e?, Duan. F. ii 330 § 6 .

(b) fillet, headband : húand ṡnáthiu .i. filum .i. snáthe nobíth himm chenn na sacardd ocind edpairt, Sg. 54a11 . snathae gl. vitta, Thes. ii 47.19 ( Philarg. 67 ). is andsin tangadar na faidi . . . ┐ a snaitheadha ailli idbarta 'má cendaib, TTebe 1209 . Architect.: do bé áirde gach aóinphiléir dhíobh, ocht ccubhaid dég, ┐ do chompásuidh s.¤ dhá chubhad dég é `a fillet of twelve cubits', Jeremiah lii 21 .

(c) Fig. the thread of life : frithe serb far snathe `euer (Lebens-) Faden', IT iii 506.598 . tainic snaithi mo ṡaega[i]l, CF 962 . co rogairdigedh a shnaithi his thread of life was shortened (i.e. he was killed), AU ii 270.16 . rothescad snaitheada bar saegail ag na Parchip iferndaigi, TTebe 1318 . measim gurab é s.¤ saoghail an duine an téad úd, TSh. 721 . gerr go sníthe s.¤ a ré (your adversary's) thread of life would soon be spun (to a chief), L. Cl. A. B. 199.78 . Cf. snáithi aoibhinn aimsire, 67.48 . a ghearradh s.¤ saoghail `thou slitting of the thread of life' (addressed to a dagger), TD 33.5 . Of a king's reign: fuair Ruaidri, rigda an snaithi, | a se dec is degrathi, Ann. Conn. 1384.1 = AFM iv 694.1 . Mac Ruaidhri na rí ráithi, | do gheig Bhregh nír bhuan shnáithi, ALC i 474.17 .

(d) Various extended applications: snáthe far ruisc ro mebaid (to a slain warrior), TFerbe 599 . blinn .i. snāithe ruisc mairb, unde dicitur blind .i. dall nō cōech , Corm. Y 138 . blinn .i. snáithe ruisg mairbh, O'Cl. Of lightning: snaitheda saignen tened, TTebe 281 . In sense of line, row, series : snait[h]i snimach (name of an Ogam alphabet), Auraic. 6085 . Note also: coig feda in gach snaithi in each group, 6104 . snaithi coimgne the connecting thread of synchronisms, Rawl. 148b31 . in snáithi semidhe sen-foclach (a list of proverbs), MR 158.10 . gach s.¤ shligheadh . . . dá sh.¤ theach 'na tiomcholl (of streets), Ériu v 58.101 - 4 . s.¤ feadh bhfionnchorr, Aithd. D. 28.21 . gach treabh . . . | s.¤ geal feadhaigh (feadhnaigh, MS.) fíthe strip (?), DDána 99.34 (`texture', Ir. Monthly 1919, 227 ). 'n-a s.¤ chiuin (of a fleet of ships), Aithd. D. 38.20 .