suant a, av also suent [phonetics unavailable]. OED ~ a 3 now
dial; EDD 1 'smooth, even, regular' s w cties.
1 Of a tree
or structure, straight, true; TANT.
1863 MORETON 32 ~ Well
continued, without irregularities. Spoken of any work or building in which the lines are
true and unbroken. 1897 J A Folklore x, 211 ~ evenly and uniformly made. [c1900]
1978 RLS 8, p. 22 ~ a term used to denote regular proportions, shape &c as
instance a suant Stick, i.e. nice straight clean grown tree, a suant Curve, regular well
defined curve or bend &c. 1937 DEVINE 50 Suent. Regular, smooth or straight, as
applied to an object like timber. . . 'A suent plank or tree.' C 71-44 It was
often said that the tree was tant and suant.
2 Of a curve, esp in
the hull of a vessel, smooth, graceful, with a correct sheer (P 94-57).
T 43/8-64 Sheerin' her meant now that there was so much rise to
give her forrards, to bring her in proportion, and so much rise to give her aft down the
counter, an' you'd bring that along suent on the timbers an' make sure that you had it
equally alike on both sides. P 99-69 She's a suent and dilly boat.
3 Smooth, even.
1937 DEVINE 50 Suent.
Applied to motion. 'Cod liver oil runs suent.' 1958 Nfld Dishes 31 Suent. Smooth.
'A nice suent batter.' P 4-59 [We had] a suent time [sailing] around the cape this
morning. C 71-94 A suant grade in the road is one that goes up constant without any large
4 Pliant (1897 J A Folklore x, 211).
1925 Dial Notes v, 344 Suent. Bending; pliant. 1937 DEVINE
43 Newfoundland usage, suent, pliable.