Dole (?), n. [OE. deol, doel, dol, OF. doel, fr. doloir to suffer, fr. L. dolere; perh. akin to dolare to hew.]

grief; sorrow; lamentation.


And she died. So that day there was dole in Astolat. Tennyson.


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Dole, n. [L. dolus: cf. F. dol.] ScotsLaw

See Dolus.


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Dole, n. [AS. dal portion; same word as dl. See Deal.]


Distribution; dealing; apportionment.

At her general dole, Each receives his ancient soul. Cleveland.


That which is dealt out; a part, share, or portion also, a scanty share or allowance.


Alms; charitable gratuity or portion.

So sure the dole, so ready at their call, They stood prepared to see the manna fall. Dryden.

Heaven has in store a precious dole. Keble.


A boundary; a landmark.



A void space left in tillage.

[Prov. Eng.]

Dole beer, beer bestowed as alms. [Obs.] -- Dole bread, bread bestowed as alms. [Obs.] -- Dole meadow, a meadow in which several persons have a common right or share.


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Dole (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Doled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Doling.]

To deal out in small portions; to distribute, as a dole; to deal out scantily or grudgingly.

The supercilious condescension with which even his reputed friends doled out their praises to him. De Quincey.


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