Dole n. grief; sorrow; lamentation. [Archaic]
And she died.
So that day there was dole in Astolat. -- Tennyson.
1. Distribution; dealing; apportionment.
At her general dole,
Each receives his ancient soul. -- Cleveland.
2. That which is dealt out; a part, share, or portion also, a scanty share or allowance.
3. Alms; charitable gratuity or portion.
So sure the dole, so ready at their call,
They stood prepared to see the manna fall. --Dryden.
Heaven has in store a precious dole. --Keble.
4. A boundary; a landmark.
5. A void space left in tillage.
Dole beer, beer bestowed as alms. [Obs.]
Dole bread, bread bestowed as alms. [Obs.]
Dole meadow, a meadow in which several persons have a common right or share.
on the dole, receiving financial assistance from a governmental agency, such as a welfare agency; as, after his unemployment benefits ran out, his family was on the dole for a year.
Dole, n. Scots Law See Dolus.
Dole v. t. [imp. & p. p. Doled p. pr. & vb. n. Doling.] To deal out in small portions; to distribute, as a dole; to deal out scantily or grudgingly.
The supercilious condescension with which even his reputed friends doled out their praises to him. --De Quincey.
n 1: a share of money or food or clothing that has been
2: money received from the state [syn: pogy, pogey]