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thing, signifies, amongst the common people, to cover it, and he that covereth an house with tile or slate is called an 'hellier;' whence it appears that the word 'hell,' according to its primitive notion, exactly answers to the Greek 'hades' which signifies the common mansion of departed souls, and was so called because it is an unseen place."
—Lord Chancellor King on the Apostle's Creed, pp. 233, 193, 194 Ed. Lond. 1702.
Healed. [Hyldan, Ang. Sax., to incline.] When a ship goes over to one side she is said to have healed over.
Healing, m. A coverlet; a counterpane.
In the will of Rev. H. Marshall, he leaves "2 pillowberes and a healing."
Heart, m. Condition; said of ground.
"I've got my garden into pretty good heart at last, and if so be as there warnt quite so many sparrs and greybirds and roberts and one thing and t'other, I dunno but what I might get a tidy lot of sass. But there! taint no use what ye do as long as there's so much varmint about."
Heave-gate, m. [Hefan and geat, Ang. Sax.] A low gate, so constructed as to lift out from the posts, instead of opening with hinges.
Hedge-hog. Venus' comb. Scandixpecten-veneris. Hedge-pick, or Hedge-mike, m. The hedge sparrow.
Heen, m. [Hain, Ang. Sax.] A hen.
"Ithrowed a stone at a liddle hedge-pick a settin' on the heave-geat, and killed Mrs. Pankurstes' gurt old packled heen." Heggling. Vexatious; trying; wearisome.
Heirs." Young timber trees.
Help, m. To give anything into a person's hands.
"I will help the letter to him if you'll write a few lines."
Helve, e. To gossip.
Helve, e. A long gossip.
Hem, m. Very.
11 Hem crusty old chap our shepherd is, surelye! I says to him yesterday, I says, ' 'Tis hem bad weather, shepherd,' I says. 'Ah,' says he, "tis better than no weather at all;' and hem-a-bit would he say any more."
Hem-a-bit, m. Not a bit; certainly not.