As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
dæla Old Norse word can mean:
- u, f.
- I. a small dale, Sturl. ii. 100 (Ed.)
- II. a naut. term, a contrivance to serve the purpose of a ship’s pump, Edda (Gl.); hence dælu-austr, m. emptying a ship by a dæla, Fbr. 131, Grett. 95; dælu-ker, n. a kind of bucket: hann hað þrælinn færa sér í d. þat er hann kaliaði sjó, Landu. 251; hence the metaph. phrase, láta dæluna ganga, to pour out incessantly, chatter without ceasing, Grett. 98. The ancients cannot well have known the pump; but as dælu-austr is distinguished from byttu-austr, where the buckets were handed up, so dæla seems to have been a kind of groove through which the bilge water was made to run out into the sea instead of emptying every bucket by handing it overboard: in Norse döla means a groove-formed trough, eaves, a trench, and the like, D. n. iv. 751, Ivar Aasen s. v. dæla, p. 75.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛏᛅᛚᛅ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
- metaphorical, metaphorically.
- s. v.
- sub voce.
Works & Authors cited:
- Sturlunga Saga. (D. I.)
- D. N.
- Diplomatarium Norvagicum. (J. II.)
- Edda. (C. I.)
- Fóstbræðra Saga. (D. II.)
- Grettis Saga. (D. II.)
- Ivar Aasen
- Ivar Aasen’s Dictionary, 1850.
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