Fother Foth"er, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fothered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fothering}.] [Cf. {Fodder} food, and G. f["u]ttern, futtern, to cover within or without, to line. [root]75.] To stop (a leak in a ship at sea) by drawing under its bottom a thrummed sail, so that the pressure of the water may force it into the crack. --Totten. [1913 Webster]

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  • Fother — Foth er, n. [OE. fother, foder, AS. f[=o]?er a cartload; akin to G. fuder a cartload, a unit of measure, OHG. fuodar, D. voeder, and perh. to E. fathom, or cf. Skr. p[=a]tr[=a] vessel, dish. Cf. {Fodder} a fother.] 1. A wagonload; a load of any… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • fother — noun an old English measure of lead or other metals, usually containing 19.5 hundredweight; a fodder …   Wiktionary

  • fother — North Country (Newcastle) Words in Newcastle, as many coals as a two horse cart can carry foumart a polecat …   English dialects glossary

  • fother — sb. == a weight of 19 cwt. of lead, thence ‘a large quantity.’ Alys. 1809; ‘a lump.’ Alys. 6467. AS. foðer …   Oldest English Words

  • Fother — (also called fodder, foder, fodur, cart load, load, wain, waine, wey, etc.): Weight. A cart load. About 19½ hundredweight, dependent upon material. Also, six sacks where each sack is five fotmal. Volume. 40 bushels or 320 gallons. Also, lots of,… …   Medieval glossary

  • fother — foth·er …   English syllables

  • fother — /ˈfɒðə/ (say fodhuh) verb (i) 1. to stop a leak in a wooden hull by covering it with a sail or tarpaulin containing a thrumming of rope yarns and oakum. –verb (t) 2. to cover (a sail, etc.) with such a thrumming. {? Dutch voederen to line, or Low …   Australian English dictionary

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