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Definitions of rune

  1. any character from an ancient Germanic alphabet used in Scandinavia from the 3rd century to the Middle Ages; "each rune had its own magical significance" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. A letter, or character, belonging to the written language of the ancient Norsemen, or Scandinavians; in a wider sense, applied to the letters of the ancient nations of Northern Europe in general. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Old Norse poetry expressed in runes. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. One of the characters forming the earliest alphabet of the Teutonic nations. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. Poetry in runes. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  6. A character of the earliest alphabet in use among the ancient people of Europe. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. A Runic letter or character. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  8. Runic letters or poetry. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. r[=oo]n, n. one of the characters or letters used by the peoples of northern Europe down to the 16th century: (pl.) the ancient Scandinavian alphabet or futhorc--from its first six letters f, u, th, o, r, c (the writing is called Runic, the individual letters Rune-staves, or less correctly Runes): a secret, a mystic sentence: any song mystically expressed.--n. RUNE'CRAFT.--adj. RUNED.--n. RU'NER.--adj. RU'NIC, relating to runes, to the ancient Teutonic nations, or to their characters.--ns. RUNOL'OGIST, one versed in Runic remains; RUNOL'OGY.--RUNIC KNOTS, a form of interlaced ornament. [A.S. rún, a secret. The word is found in M. E. rounen, to whisper, and is cog. with Old High Ger. runa, a secret, Goth. runa, secret.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  10. Any letter of earliest Teutonic alphabet used esp. by Scandinavians& Anglo Saxons, dating from as early as 2nd c. & formed by modifying Roman or Greek characters to suit carving; similar mark of mysterious or magic significance; (division of) Finnish poem; r.-staff, magic wand inscribed with rr., also runic calendar. [old Norse] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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