Definitions for fother
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a wagonload; a load of any sort.
an old English measure of lead or other metals, usually containing 19.5 hundredweight; a fodder.
Food for animals.
To feed animals (with fother).
To stop a leak with oakum or old rope (often by drawing a sail under the hull).
Origin: From Old Norse fóðr, but see fōdor, from fōdran (compare voer 'pasture, fodder', Futter 'feed', foder), from *fōda 'food', from pat- 'to feed'. More at food.
a wagonload; a load of any sort
see Fodder, a unit of weight
to stop (a leak in a ship at sea) by drawing under its bottom a thrummed sail, so that the pressure of the water may force it into the crack
Origin: [OE. fother, foder, AS. fer a cartload; akin to G. fuder a cartload, a unit of measure, OHG. fuodar, D. voeder, and perh. to E. fathom, or cf. Skr. ptr vessel, dish. Cf. Fodder a fother.]
Fother is an old unit originally a cart-load, but through transference became a measurement for a quantity of lead. It was defined in different ways at different places and times, being about equal to a ton or somewhat more.
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