Friday, December 21, 2012


entrain [ɛnˈtreɪn] v.t.

1.) To draw away with or after oneself; in early use fig. to bring on as a consequence; in mod. use lit. but rare.
2.) Of a fluid: to carry (particles) along by its flow; specifically of steam which carries along particles of water through a pipe or particles of sugar from an evaporating pan during the manufacture of sugar; also, to incorporate (air-bubbles) in concrete (O.E.D. 2nd Ed.).

Etymology: adaptation of French entraîner, from en- (Latin inde), away + traîner, to drag.

"That infancy looketh forward and age backward; was it not that which Janus his double visage signified? yeares entraine me if they please: but backward. As far as mine eyes can discerne that faire expired season, by fits I turne them thitherward" (The Essayes of Lord Michaell de Montaigne, John Florio (trans.), 1603).

Allegoria del tempo (Chronos ed Eros), Johann Schönfeld, ~1630

1 comment:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Glad you got one last post in before the End of the World!

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