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Definition of EKE

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Eke \Eke\ ([=e]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Eked} ([=e]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Eking}.] [AS. [=e]kan, [=y]kan; akin to OFries. [=a]ka, OS. [=o]kian, OHG. ouhh[=o]n to add, Icel. auka to increase, Sw. ["o]ka, Dan. ["o]ge, Goth. aukan, L. augere, Skr. [=o]jas strength, ugra mighty, and probably to English wax, v. i. Cf. {Augment}, {Nickname}.] To increase; to add to; to augment; -- now commonly used with out, the notion conveyed being to add to, or piece out by a laborious, inferior, or scanty addition; as, to eke out a scanty supply of one kind with some other. "To eke my pain."
     --Spenser.
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           He eked out by his wits an income of barely fifty pounds.                                  --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Eke \Eke\, adv. [AS. e['a]c; akin to OFries. ['a]k, OS. ?k, D.
     ?ok, OHG. ouh, G. auch, Icel. auk, Sw. och and, Dan. og, Goth. auk for, but. Prob. from the preceding verb.] In addition; also; likewise. [Obs. or Archaic] [1913 Webster]

           'T will be prodigious hard to prove
           That this is eke the throne of love.     --Prior. [1913 Webster]

           A trainband captain eke was he
           Of famous London town.                   --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

     Note: Eke serves less to unite than to render prominent a subjoined more important sentence or notion.
           --M[aum]tzner.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Eke \Eke\, n.
     An addition. [R.]
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           Clumsy ekes that may well be spared.     --Geddes. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]


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