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See also: Rine and riñe


Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English rinen, from Old English hrīnan (to touch, lay hold of, reach, seize, strike, have connection with, contact), from Proto-Germanic *hrīnaną (to touch), from Proto-Indo-European *krey- (to strip, touch). Cognate with Old Saxon hrīnan (to touch), Old High German hrīnan (to touch), Icelandic hrína (to cleave, hurt, overtake).


rine (third-person singular simple present rines, present participle rining, simple past and past participle rined)

  1. (transitive) To touch.
  2. (transitive, Britain dialectal) To concern; affect.
  3. (transitive, Britain dialectal) To pertain to; fall to.
  4. (transitive, Britain dialectal) To tend to a certain effect or outcome.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English rune, from Old English ryne (a course, run, running, orbit, a flow, flux, period of time, cycle, luster, expanse, extent), from Proto-Germanic *runiz (course), from Proto-Indo-European *er(e)- (to cause to move, grow). Cognate with German Ronne (a channel), Icelandic ryne (a flow, stream). See runnel.

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rine (plural rines)

  1. (Britain dialectal) A watercourse or ditch.

Etymology 3[edit]

Variation of rind.


rine (plural rines)

  1. Alternative form of rind