From Middle English elnen, from Old English elnian ("to emulate, endeavor to be equal, be zealous, strive with zeal after another, make strong, strengthen, comfort oneself, gain strength"), from Proto-Germanic *aljan?n? ("to strengthen, encourage"), from Proto-Indo-European *al- ("to burn"). Cognate with Old High German ellin?n ("to emulate, strive"), Icelandic elna ("to grow stronger"), Gothic ? (aljan?n, "to emulate"). See ellen.
elne (third-person singular simple present elnes, present participle elning, simple past and past participle elned)
- (transitive, obsolete) To strengthen; hearten; comfort; encourage.
From Middle English elne, ellen, from Old English ellen ("zeal, strength, power, vigor, valor, courage, fortitude, strife, contention"). More at ellen.
- Alternative form of ellen
From Old English eln, from Proto-Germanic *alin?.
- (key): /?ln/, /?l/, /'?l?n/
elne (plural elnes or elnen)
- A ell (unit of measure)
From Old English ellen, from Proto-Germanic *aljan?.
- power, strength, might