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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bier  \Bier\,  n.  [OE.  b[ae]e,  beere,  AS  b?r,  b?re;  akin  to  D. 
  baar,  OHG.  b[=a]ra,  G.  bahre,  Icel  barar,  D?  baare,  L. 
  feretrum  Gr  ?,  from  the  same  ??  bear  to  produce.  See  1st 
  {Bear},  and  cf  {Barrow}.] 
  1.  A  handbarrow  or  portable  frame  on  which  a  corpse  is  placed 
  or  borne  to  the  grave. 
 
  2.  (Weaving)  A  count  of  forty  threads  in  the  warp  or  chain  of 
  woolen  cloth.  --Knight. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bier 
  n  1:  a  coffin  along  with  its  stand  "we  followed  the  bier  to  the 
  graveyard" 
  2:  a  stand  to  support  a  corpse  or  a  coffin  prior  to  burial 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Bier 
  the  frame  on  which  dead  bodies  were  conveyed  to  the  grave  (Luke 
  7:14). 
 




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