- (context, transitive, archaic) To make the sign of the cross on or over something or someone.
- (context, intransitive, obsolete, _, except in Scots) To make the sign of the cross.
- (context, transitive, archaic) To bless, to keep from evil influence.
Etymology: segnian, seÄnian, from signare.
- 1983: The child was sained then. Fir candles were lighted and whirled round the bed in which mother and infant lay. " Robert Nye, The Facts of Life
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