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tr.v. geld·ed, geld·ing, gelds
1. To castrate (a horse, for example).
2. To deprive of strength or vigor; weaken.
[Middle English gelden, from Old Norse gelda.]
A tax paid to the crown by English landholders under Anglo-Saxon and Norman kings.
[Middle English geld and Medieval Latin geldum, both from Old English geld, gield, payment.]
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vb (tr) , gelds, gelding, gelded or gelt
1. (Veterinary Science) to castrate (a horse or other animal)
2. to deprive of virility or vitality; emasculate; weaken
[C13: from Old Norse gelda, from geldr barren]
(Historical Terms) a tax on land levied in late Anglo-Saxon and Norman England
[Old English gield service, tax; related to Old Norse gjald tribute, Old Frisian jeld, Old High German gelt retribution, income]
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1. to castrate: to geld a stallion.
2. to deprive of something essential: to be gelded of one's pride.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Old Norse gelda]
a tax paid to the crown by landholders under the Anglo-Saxon and Norman kings.
[1600–10; < Medieval Latin geldum payment, tribute < Germanic; compare Old English geld, German Geld]
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Past participle: gelded/gelt
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|Verb||1.||geld - cut off the testicles (of male animals such as horses); "the vet gelded the young horse"|
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