Definitions for: Dole

[n] (Great Britain) money received from the state
[n] a share of money or food or clothing that has been charitably given

Webster (1913) Definition: Dole, n. [OE. deol, doel, dol, OF. doel, fr. doloir to
suffer, fr. L. dolere; perh. akin to dolare to hew.]
grief; sorrow; lamentation. [Archaic]

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

Dole, n. [L. dolus: cf. F. dol.] (Scots Law)
See Dolus.

Dole, n. [AS. d[=a]l portion; same word as d?l. See
1. Distribution; dealing; apportionment.

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

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

3. 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.

4. A boundary; a landmark. --Halliwell.

5. 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.

Dole, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Doled; p. pr. & vb. n.
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

Synonyms: pogey, pogy

See Also: part, percentage, portion, share, social welfare, welfare

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