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æqual (comparative more æqual, superlative most æqual)

  1. Obsolete spelling of equal
    • 1562–3: Vincent of Lérins (author), Ninian Winzet (translator), and James King Hewison (editor), Certain Tractates, together with the Book of Four Score Three Questions: and a Translation of Vincentius Lirinensis, volume 2 (1890 republication by W. Blackwood and sons), page 40:
      [] ane wthir of the Virgine the mother; ane coæternal and æqual with the Father, the wthir in tyme les than the Father; ane of the samin substance with the Father, ane wthir of the samin substance with the mother : []


æqual (third-person singular simple present æquals, present participle æqualling, simple past and past participle æqualled)

  1. Obsolete spelling of equal
    • 1646: Thomas Browne and Simon Wilkin (editor), Pseudodoxia Epidemica, sixth book, chapter II: Of Men’s Enquiries in what season or point of the Zodiack it began, that, as they are generally made, they are in vain, and as particularly, uncertain, footnote 7; in Sir Thomas Browne’s Works: Including His Life and Correspondence, volume 3 (1835 republication by Willian Pickering and Josiah Fletcher), page 203:
      And yet itt must bee confest, that the spring, or sonns entrance into Aries is verum caput et naturale Principium Anni, renewing and reviving all things, as of old in Paradise, æqualling dayes and nights in all places, within the pole circles especially : and as to this all astronomers agree, soe, consonant thereto, all geographers consent, that Paradise was neere under the Æquinoctiall, or on this side of itt, under rise of the spring with the sonn.
    • 1663–1728, Diary of Cotton Mather, volume 2 (1957 republication by F. Ungar Pub. Co.), page 99:
      24 d. 6 m. This Day I was buffeted with a libellous Latter from a Merchant in this Town, fill’d with Scurrilities that I suppose were hardly ever æqualled in the World.


æqual (plural æquals)

  1. Obsolete spelling of equal
    • 1552–1637, Suetonius, Philemon Holland (translator), and Charles Whibley (editor), History of Twelve Caesars, volume 2 (1899 republication; D. Nutt), page 117:
      [] with what æmulation of his concurrents and feare of the Umpiers, hee strove for the Mastery, it is almost incredible. His manner was to deale with his adversaries, as if they had been but his æquals and of the same condition with him, in this sort : namely, to observe, watch and mark their []