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Cabin (noun)

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Ca'bin. n.s. [cabane, Fr. chabin, Welch, a cottage.]

  1. A small room.

    So long in secret cabin there he held
    Her captive to his sensual desire,
    Till that with timely fruit her belly swell'd,
    And bore a boy unto a savage fire.
    Fairy Queen, b. i. c. vi.

  2. A small chamber in a ship.

    Give thanks you have lived so long, and make yourself ready, in your cabin, for the mischance of the hour, if it so happen. Shakesp. Tempest.

    Men may not expect the use of many cabins, and safety at once, in the sea service. Raleigh's Essays.

    The chessboard, we say, is in the same place it was, if it remain in the same part of the cabin, though, perhaps, the ship it is in, sails all the while. Locke.

  3. A cottage, or small house.

    Come from marble bow'rs, many times the gay harbour of anguish,
    Until a silly cabin, though weak, yet stronger against woes.
    Sidney, b. i.

    Neither should that odious custom be allowed, of flaying off the green surface of the ground, to cover their cabins, or make up their ditches. Swift.

  4. A tent.

    Some of green boughs their tender cabins frame,
    Some lodged were Tortosa's streets about.
    Fairfax, b. i.

Sources: Fairfax, Edward (30) · Locke, John (269) · Raleigh, Walter (68) · Sidney, Philip (140) · Spenser, Edmund (254) · Swift, Jonathan (306) · Shakespeare's Tempest (50)

Attributes: French (385) · Noun Substantive (1269) · Welsh (Welch) (27)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Cabin (noun)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: April 16, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=13760.


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