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SCOT, n.1 [Sax. sceat, a part, portion, angle or bay, a garment or vest, a towel, cloth or sheet; sceat, sceata, sceatt, money, tax, tribute, toll, price, gift; sceta, scyta, a sheet. This is the English shot, in the phrase, he paid his shot; and scot, in scot and lot. Ice. skot, D. shot, a wainscot, shot, scot; schoot, a sheet, a shoot, a shot, a sprig, a bolt, the lap, the womb; G. schoss, scot, a shoot, and schooss, lap, womb; Sw. skatt, tax, tribute, rent, Eng. scot; Dan. skot, skat, id.; skiöd, the lap, the bosom, the waist of a coat; ecot, shot, reckoning, It. scotto; Sp. escote, shot, reckoning, a tucker, or small piece of linen that shades a woman's breast, also the sloping of a garment; escota, a sheet, in seamen's language; Port. escota; escote, shot, club. This word coincides in elements with shade, scud, shoot, shed and sheet, all of which convey the sense of driving, or of separating, cutting off.]

In law and English history, a portion of money, assessed or paid; a customary tax or contribution laid on subjects according to their ability; also, a tax or custom paid for the use of a sherif or bailif. Hence our modern shot; as, to pay one's shot. Scot and lot, parish payments. When persons were taxed unequally, or according to their ability, they were said to pay scot and lot. – Encyc.

SCOT, n.2 [Sax. scotta, scotte; W. ysgotiad, a woodsman, a Scot, from ysgawd, a shade; ysgodi; to shade, to shelter, Eng. shade – which see. This word signifies, according to the Welsh, an inhabitant of the woods, and from the same root probably as Scythian, Scythia.]

A native of Scotland or North Britain.

  1. A name for a horse.

    [Obs.] Chaucer.
  2. A native or inhabitant of Scotland; a Scotsman, or Scotchman.
  3. A portion of money assessed or paid; a tax or contribution; a mulct; a fine; a shot.

    Scot and lot, formerly, a parish assessment laid on subjects according to their ability. [Eng.] Cowell. Now, a phrase for obligations of every kind regarded collectivelly.

    Experienced men of the world know very well that it is best to pay scot and lot as they go along. Emerson.

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SCOT'ALE, noun [scot and ale.] In law, the keeping of an alehouse by the officer of a forest, and drawing people to spend their money for liquor, for fear of his displeasure.

SCOTCH, adjective Pertaining to Scotland or its inhabitants. [See Scotish.]

SCOTCH. [See scot the verb.]

SCOTCH, verb transitive

To cut with shallow incisions. obsolete

SCOTCH, n A slight cut or shallow incision.

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1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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