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Seel \Seel\, Seeling \Seel"ing\, n. The rolling or agitation of a ship in a storm. [Obs.]


Seel \Seel\, n. [AS. s[=ae]l, from s[=ae]l good, prosperous. See Silly.]

  1. Good fortune; favorable opportunity; prosperity. [Obs.] ``So have I seel''.

  2. Time; season; as, hay seel. [Prov. Eng.]


Seel \Seel\ (s[=e]l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Seeled; p. pr. & vb. n. Seeling.] [F. siller, ciller, fr. cil an eyelash, L. cilium.]

  1. (Falconry) To close the eyes of (a hawk or other bird) by drawing through the lids threads which were fastened over the head.

    Fools climb to fall: fond hopes, like seeled doves for want of better light, mount till they end their flight with falling.
    --J. Reading.

  2. Hence, to shut or close, as the eyes; to blind.

    Come, seeling night, Scarf up the tender eye of pitiful day.

    Cold death, with a violent fate, his sable eyes did seel.


Seel \Seel\, v. i. [Cf. LG. sielen to lead off water, F. siller to run ahead, to make headway, E. sile, v.t.] To incline to one side; to lean; to roll, as a ship at sea. [Obs.]
--Sir W. Raleigh.


Etymology 1

  1. (context obsolete English) good; fortunate; opportune; happy. Etymology 2

    alt. 1 (context UK dialectal English) good fortune; happiness; bliss. 2 (context UK dialectal English) opportunity; time; season. n. 1 (context UK dialectal English) good fortune; happiness; bliss. 2 (context UK dialectal English) opportunity; time; season. Etymology 3


  2. 1 (context falconry English) To sew together the eyes of a young hawk. 2 (context by extension English) To blind. Etymology 4

    n. The rolling or agitation of a ship in a storm. vb. (context intransitive obsolete of a ship English) To roll on the waves in a storm.


v. sew up the eyelids of hawks and falcons


Seeling is a falconry training technique to temporarily blind a bird by sewing its eyes shut. See Medieval hunting.

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Usage examples of "seel".

He had once said that the Gelaming might have a price on his head, supposing there was some connection between Thiede, Seel and Saltrock.

After some time, he also began to speak of Seel, somewhat disjointedly and nervously, but I learned how deep their relationship had once been.

Cal was on edge all the time, dreading further contact with Seel, while Leef was sullen and silent.

It was only through severe concentration that I managed to keep my thoughts about Seel to myself.

I had seen little of Seel over the past few weeks and was surprised to see him there.

Because of the dusk and his shining hair, I could imagine Chrysm was Seel quite easily, but tried not to.

I realized I was looking at the field where I had seen Seel exercising that day, which seemed so long ago.

Since that first embarrassing exchange, when Arahal had left us together, Seel had managed to avoid me entirely.

I never had to be told all these things, no-one ever told me, but I knew them as surely as if Seel had told me himself.

I was obsessed with Seel a long time before the Gelaming had even dreamed of their plans.

I habitually banned all erotic thoughts of Seel from my mind, because I found them too painful to think about.

Then I relived the pain of when Cal had first come to us, and made Seel live it with me, and all that followed, until I came to the part about my Feybraiha.

I was wondering if it might be Seel, but I did not recognize the tall har that came in through the curtains.

I closed my fingers around that small part of Seel and the smell of him seemed all about me like a tantalizing ghost.

Imbrilim slept and all the lamps were out, I took Seel in my arms and pierced him and carried him with me to the higher spheres.