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SHARE (O. Eng. scearu, chiefly in com...

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Originally appearing in Volume V24, Page 805 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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SHARE (O. Eng. scearu, chiefly in compounds, e.g. land-scearu, a share of land, from sceran to cut; cf. " shear" ), something cut off, a portion, a definite part of anything distributed among a number of persons. The word is particularly applied to the fixed and equal amounts into which the capital of a limited company is divided (see STOCKS AND SHARES; COMPANY; and DEBENTURES). From the same O. Eng. verb saran is derived " share " (0. Eng. scear), the cutting blade of a plough (q.v.).
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