Rock Day
Distaff Dis"taff, n.; pl. {Distaffs}, rarely {Distaves}. [OE. distaf, dysestafe, AS. distaef; cf. LG. diesse the bunch of flax on a distaff, and E. dizen. See {Staff}.] 1. The staff for holding a bunch of flax, tow, or wool, from which the thread is drawn in spinning by hand. [1913 Webster]

I will the distaff hold; come thou and spin. --Fairfax. [1913 Webster]

2. Used as a symbol of the holder of a distaff; hence, a woman; women, collectively. [1913 Webster]

His crown usurped, a distaff on the throne. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Some say the crozier, some say the distaff was too busy. --Howell. [1913 Webster]

Note: The plural is regular, but Distaves occurs in Beaumont & Fletcher. [1913 Webster]

{Descent by distaff}, descent on the mother's side.

{Distaff Day}, or {Distaff's Day}, the morrow of the Epiphany, that is, January 7, because working at the distaff was then resumed, after the Christmas festival; -- called also {Rock Day}, a distaff being called a rock. --Shipley. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • rock day — noun Usage: usually capitalized R&D Etymology: rock (III); from the resumption of domestic duties after the Christmas holidays : the day after Epiphany …   Useful english dictionary

  • Day by Day Entertainment — Founded 1999 Founder Percy Carey Distributor(s) Independent …   Wikipedia

  • Rock à Bordeaux — Cet article présente les faits saillants de l histoire du rock à Bordeaux en France. On y retrouve aussi une liste des groupes et artistes rock bordelais ainsi qu une liste de salles de spectacles rock de la ville. Sommaire 1 Historique 2 Liste… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Day By Day Entertainment — Infobox record label name = Day By Day Entertainment founded = 1999 founder = Percy Carey defunct = distributor = Independent genre = Hip hop country = United States location = New York City, United States url = [ Day… …   Wikipedia

  • Rock Springs massacre — An illustration of the massacre from an 1886 issue of Harper s Weekly. Location Rock Springs, Wyoming …   Wikipedia

  • Day of Fire — Background information Origin Nashville, Tennessee, USA Genres …   Wikipedia

  • Rock of Love: Charm School — Cast of Rock of Love: Charm School Format Reality Created by Cris Abrego …   Wikipedia

  • Rock the Universe — is an annual Christian rock festival that takes place at Universal Studios Florida. It started in 1999, and it normally takes place in the first or second week of September.The festival has had three main stages over the years. One is The Yard… …   Wikipedia

  • Day & Age — Studio album by The Killers Released November 18, 2008 …   Wikipedia

  • Rock cristiano — Orígenes musicales Música rock Música cristiana Orígenes culturales Finales de los 60, Estados Unidos Instrumentos comunes Voz, guitarra …   Wikipedia Español

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”