from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A slender grooved lead bar used to hold together the panes in stained glass or latticework windows.
- v. Past tense of come.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Simple past of come.
- v. Simple past of cum.
- n. A grooved strip of lead used to hold panes of glass together.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- imp. of come.
- n. A slender rod of cast lead, with or without grooves, used, in casements and stained-glass windows, to hold together the panes or pieces of glass.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Preterit of come.
- n. A comb.
- n. A ridge.
- n. The batch or amount of lead necessary to make sash-bars for 100 square feet of glazing; also, this amount cast into small rods or bars 12 or 14 inches long, and ready for drawing.
- n. Hence The prepared sash-bar itself, having a section like an I, more or less rounded at each end, and called in technical language glaziers' turned lead or window-lead.
Possibly dialectal kame, ridge; see kame.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Compare Scots came ("comb"), caim ("comb"), and Middle English camet ("silver"). (Wiktionary)