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- (obsolete) To weigh or measure the weight of; to poise.
- (obsolete, figuratively) To weigh or take the measure of (an immaterial object).
- (obsolete, figuratively) To weigh down, retard
peise (plural peises)
- (obsolete, dialectal, UK) A weight; a poise.
- (obsolete) A heavy blow, an impact.
- 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. […], London: […] [John Wolfe] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938, book III, canto ii:
- Great Ptolomæe it for his lemans sake / Ybuilded all of glasse, by Magicke powre, / And also it impregnable did make; / Yet when his loue was false, he with a peaze it brake.
- Oxford English Dictionary [edition?]
- “peise” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- Works of William Shakespeare; Victoria edition. Macmillan & Co 1901. Vol III; Glossary; p 638
- Alternative form of