vail

1 [veyl]
verb (used with object)
1.
to let sink; lower.
2.
Archaic. to take off or doff (one's hat), as in respect or submission.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English valen, aphetic variant of avalen (now obsolete) < Middle French avaler to move down, verbal derivative of phrase a val down (literally, to the valley) (a to (< Latin ad) + val vale)

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vail

2 [veyl] Archaic.
verb (used without object), verb (used with object)
1.
to be of use or profit; avail.
noun
2.
a tip; gratuity.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English; aphetic variant of avail

vail

3 [veyl] Obsolete.
noun
1.
a veil.
verb (used with object)
2.
to veil.
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vail1 (veɪl)
 
vb
1.  to lower (something, such as a weapon), esp as a sign of deference or submission
2.  to remove (the hat, cap, etc) as a mark of respect or meekness
 
[c14 valen, from obsolete avalen, from Old French avaler to let fall, from Latin ad vallem, literally: to the valley, that is, down, from ad to + vallisvalley]

vail2 (veɪl)
 
n, —vb
an archaic word for avail

vail3 (veɪl)
 
n, —vb
an archaic spelling of veil

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Economics however is blinded to the real problems of overpopulation and overconsumption, by its money vail.
And vail its tangled whorls, and thou shalt walk on daisies pied.
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