weald

Definitions

  • The Weald of Sussex, North Of Lewes
    The Weald of Sussex, North Of Lewes
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n weald an area of open or forested country
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Weald A wood or forest; a wooded land or region; also, an open country; -- often used in place names. "Fled all night long by glimmering waste and weald ,
      And heard the spirits of the waste and weald Moan as she fled."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n weald The name given in England to an oval-shaped area, bounded by a line topographically well marked by an escarpment of the Chalk, which begins at Folkestone Hill, near the Straits of Dover, and passes through the counties of Kent, Surrey, Hants, and Sussex, meeting the sea again at Beachy Head It embraces the southwestern part of Kent, the southern part of Surrey, the north and northeastern half of Sussex, and a small part of the eastern side of Hampshire. These are the limits of the area now known to geologists as the Weald; but, according to the English Geological Survey, it is probable that the area anciently designated by that name was somewhat smaller than this, having been bounded by the escarpment of the Lower Greensand, which is approximately concentric with that of the Chalk, but inside and distant from five to ten miles from it. This latter escarpment is, however, in places rather ill-defined, so that there the boundary of the ancient Weald was doubtful. The geology of the Weald is extremely interesting, hence the name has become very familiar. The formations covering the Weald proper are known as the Wealden (which see). The Weald was originally partly covered with forests and partly destitute of them.
    • n weald Any open country.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Weald wēld any open country
    • n Weald a geological formation seen in the Weald—viz. the upper oolitic series of rocks
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. See Wold

Usage

In literature:

Mr. Hoopdriver, with a fine air of indifference, resumed the Weald.
"The Wheels of Chance" by H. G. Wells
The view is superb both northwards to the Weald and southwards over the Channel.
"Seaward Sussex" by Edric Holmes
I know of no district so fruitful of these examples as the Weald of Kent.
"In Search Of Gravestones Old And Curious" by W.T. (William Thomas) Vincent
But the plains above which they have travelled and the Weald to which they go, the people of the valley cannot see and hardly recall.
"Hills and the Sea" by H. Belloc
She, the sovereign of the universe, reigns here too, over the buds and the birds, and the happy, unconsidered life of weald and wold.
"Children of the Mist" by Eden Phillpotts
And now, Jane, my love, tell me how you are getting on at Weald.
"Cecilia de Noël" by Lanoe Falconer
But farmers and Weald clay," said he, "are both uncommon cold and sour.
"Puck of Pook's Hill" by Rudyard Kipling
Hence, as its very name tells us, the Weald has always been a wild and wood-clad region.
"Science in Arcady" by Grant Allen
These troops dared not travel by the direct road through the Weald, and made their way to Romney through Canterbury.
"The History of England" by T.F. Tout
It survived only in Sussex, cut off from the rest of England by the forest belt of the Weald.
"Early Britain" by Grant Allen
They were getting away from the hills, and the Weald was opening before them.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
It is very quiet there up on the hill, the great Weald stretches away to the south, and fruit-trees surround the Hallowed Acre.
"My War Experiences in Two Continents" by Sarah Macnaughtan
He's always hanging round Weald Lodge.
"The Man Who Knew" by Edgar Wallace
E. MONRO, M.A., Incumbent of Harrow Weald, Stanmore.
"Notes and Queries, Number 78, April 26, 1851" by Various
But Weald feared he might bring death back to Weald if he were allowed to return.
"Pariah Planet" by Murray Leinster
Weald of Sussex, 464.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
M.A., Perpetual Curate of Harrow-Weald.
"Australia, its history and present condition" by William Pridden
It is first the Weald of Surrey and then the Weald of Sussex.
"Rural Rides" by William Cobbett
But south of London the northern drift is wanting, as, for example, in the Wealds of Surrey, Kent, and Sussex.
"A Manual of Elementary Geology" by Charles Lyell
Early morning, as bright and glowing autumn time as ever shone over the weald of Sussex.
"Sweet Mace" by George Manville Fenn
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In poetry:

Noera, when the corn,
Reaped on the fields,
The asters' stars adorn;
And purple shields
Of ironweeds lie torn
Among the wealds:
"Noera" by Madison Julius Cawein

I KNOW no name for my love,
I met her out on the weald.
Her hair is brown as the fallen leaf
And her eyes as the new-ploughed field.
"The Heath-Maid" by Ethel Clifford
And still he counts, with stooping head,
The spirits of the living dead--
A soul or two in every field,
And in the furrowed, crimson weald;
"The Watcher" by Mary Webb
What voice, O vengeful Anteros,
Has called thee from the seedless weald ?—
Dark sower of the tares of loss
Amid the foison of love's field!
What mouth, O mournful Anteros,
Must eat the grain the seasons yield?
"Anteros" by Clark Ashton Smith
In an immense wood in the south of Kent,
There lived a band of robbers which caused the people discontent;
And the place they infested was called the Weald,
Where they robbed wayside travellers and left them dead on the field.
"Grif, of the Bloody Hand" by William Topaz McGonagall
"Do they no longer need us who needed us of yore?
We stood not still aforetime when England marched to war;
Like those our wind-driven brothers, far seen o'er weald and fen,
We ground the wheat and barley to feed stout Englishmen."
"The Song Of The Mill" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

The artist had a perfect view from his cabin window of a lush weald , providing him with great inspiration for his latest painting.
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