Dole

Definition of Dole

Pronunciation: dōl
n.1.grief; sorrow; lamentation.
And she died.
So that day there was dole in Astolat.
- Tennyson.
1.(Scots Law) See Dolus.
1.Distribution; dealing; apportionment.
At her general dole,
Each receives his ancient soul.
- Cleveland.
2.That which is dealt out; a part, share, or portion also, a scanty share or allowance.
3.Alms; charitable gratuity or portion.
So sure the dole, so ready at their call,
They stood prepared to see the manna fall.
- Dryden.
Heaven has in store a precious dole.
- Keble.
4.A boundary; a landmark.
5.A void space left in tillage.
Dole beer
beer bestowed as alms.
Dole bread
bread bestowed as alms.
Dole meadow
a meadow in which several persons have a common right or share.
on the dole
receiving financial assistance from a governmental agency, such as a welfare agency; as, after his unemployment benefits ran out, his family was on the dole for a year.
v. t.1.To deal out in small portions; to distribute, as a dole; to deal out scantily or grudgingly.
[imp. & p. p. Doled (dōld); p. pr. & vb. n. Doling.]
The supercilious condescension with which even his reputed friends doled out their praises to him.
- De Quincey.

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