Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Archaic A light shield or buckler.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small shield.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A shield or target.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A shield; buckler: same as target.
  • To delay; tarry.
  • To vex with censure; reprimand; rate.
  • To vex with questions; catechize or cross-examine strictly.
  • To keep under strict discipline.
  • n. A charter.

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French; see target.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English targe, from Old English targa (masculine) and targe (feminine), both from Old Norse targa ("round shield") from Proto-Germanic *targōn (“edge”), from Proto-Indo-European *dArg'h- (“fenced lot”). Akin to Old High German zarga ("side wall, rim") (German Zarge ("border, frame")). Reinforced in Middle English by Old French targe (French targe), from the same Germanic source. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The targe was his warant, [5] that none till him threw.

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  • Conservative and Labour media strategists, however, say their digital efforts so far have been targe ted and effective.

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  • This gun will cycle everything from 1 oz. targe loads up to 1 7/8 oz. 3 1/2 magnum steel shot.

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  • On this search for land conservation in canada, the related searches are on targe: conservation easement, land trusts - are exactly the terms.

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  • After a United Nations school became the targe ...

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  • O BROMIUS, unnumbered are the toils I bear because of thee, no less now than when I was young and hale; first, when thou wert driven mad by Hera and didst leave the mountain nymphs, thy nurses; next, when in battle with earth-born spearmen I stood beside thee on the right as squire, and slew Enceladus, smiting him full in the middle of his targe with my spear.

    The Cyclops

  • How fair upon thy handle lies his imprint, and on the rim, that circles round the targe, are marks of sweat, that trickled oft from Hector's brow as he pressed it 'gainst his beard in battle's stress.

    The Trojan Women

  • Neistian gate, Parthenopaeus, son of the huntress maid, led a company bristling with serried shields, himself with his own peculiar badge in the centre of his targe, Atalanta slaying the Aetolian boar with an arrow shot from far.

    The Phoenissae

  • Ah! how proud and terrible his mien! like to an earth-born giant he moves, with stars engraved upon his targe, resembling not a child of earth.

    The Phoenissae

  • Nauplia, told me that on the circle of thy far-famed targe, O son of

    Electra

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  • Over Castletown front gate the rain streamed down the eroding forms of the sphinxes, down their simple faces, tautened ribs, down the gate columns embellished with bas-relief targe and drooping garland of ivy.

    - Aidan Higgins, Langrishe, Go Down

    August 28, 2008