Entail En*tail", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Entailed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Entailing}.] [OE. entailen to carve, OF. entailler. See {Entail}, n.] 1. To settle or fix inalienably on a person or thing, or on a person and his descendants or a certain line of descendants; -- said especially of an estate; to bestow as an heritage. [1913 Webster]

Allowing them to entail their estates. --Hume. [1913 Webster]

I here entail The crown to thee and to thine heirs forever. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To appoint hereditary possessor. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

To entail him and his heirs unto the crown. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To cut or carve in an ornamental way. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Entailed with curious antics. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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