skep

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n skep a domed beehive made of twisted straw
    • n skep a large round wicker basket (used on farms)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Skep A beehive.
    • Skep A coarse round farm basket.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n skep A vessel of wood, wickerwork, etc., used especially as a receptacle for grain; hence, a basket, varying in size, shape, material, or use, according to locality.
    • n skep The amount contained in a skep: used formerly as a specific measure of capacity.
    • n skep A vehicle consisting of a large wicker basket mounted on wheels, used to convey cops, etc., about a factory.
    • n skep A small wooden or metal utensil used for taking up yeast.
    • n skep A beehive made of straw or wicker-work.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Skep skep a grain-basket, or beehive made of straw or wicker-work
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Icel. skeppa, a measure, bushel; cf. Gael. sgeap, a basket, a beehive
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. scep—Scand., Ice. skeppa.

Usage

In literature:

Berry's hand had been upon the skep and the jolt had aroused the bees.
"The Brother of Daphne" by Dornford Yates
See thee, wench, there's a vast o' folk ha' left their skeps o' things wi' me while they're away down to t' quay side.
"Sylvia's Lovers, Vol. I" by Elizabeth Gaskell
See thee, wench, there's a vast o' folk ha' left their skeps o' things wi' me while they're away down to t' quay side.
"Sylvia's Lovers -- Complete" by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
I allus heard he paints his bee-skeps,' Jabez put in.
"A Diversity of Creatures" by Rudyard Kipling
An apiary of a single skep in a roped-off enclosure was an illustration of unfamiliarity with bees.
"The Foundations of Japan" by J.W. Robertson Scott
So aff they set, wi' Jock and the skeps on their backs.
"Folk-Lore and Legends Scotland" by Anonymous
Add eke after eke to the skep, and still seems it too small to contain all the insects.
"Recreations of Christopher North, Volume 2" by John Wilson
He says he shall go in the skep if your father does.
"Sappers and Miners" by George Manville Fenn
And what kind of skeps have they?
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by Various
Fig 11 shows a straw skep in section, and explains itself as illustrating the admirable way in which the bees furnish their dwelling.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 5" by Various
And if I had been wearing a scarlet garter I would have tied it round their skep.
"Memoirs of a Midget" by Walter de la Mare
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In poetry:

The gipsy wife came to my door with pegs and brooms to sell
They make by many a roadside fire and many a greenwood dell,
With bee-skeps and with baskets wove of osier, rush and sedge,
And withies from the river-bed and brambles from the hedge.
"The Gipsy Soldier" by Cicely Fox Smith

In science:

Gevolglik moet mens in kwantumberekening van die begin af ’n invoerregister skep wat lank genoeg is om alle nodige kopie ¨e van bisse in een vektor saam te dra deur die seri ¨ele proses (onvertakte stroombaan) van kwantumberekening.
Quantum computing (Kwantumberekening)
Peter Shor skep die kwantum-algoritme vir priemfaktorisering.
Quantum computing (Kwantumberekening)
Die frekwensie van verval van verstrengeling neem toe met die aantal komponente van die stelsel, wat potensieel ’n probleem skep vir ’n groot kwantumrekenaar.
Quantum computing (Kwantumberekening)
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