One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
no object To hit against something. Now Maritime Law: (of a vessel) to collide with another which is stationary, or with a static object or structure.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in Nathan Bailey (d. 1742), lexicographer and schoolmaster. From classical Latin allīdere to dash or strike (against), to be shipwrecked from al-, variant of ad- + laedere to hurt, injure.
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