‘ai1

‘ai1, (-‘ia).

1. Encircle (esp. with net or rope), surround.

Kā ‘ai tātou i tēia na‘o kanae ki te kupenga.
Let’s catch this shoal of mullet with a net;

Kāre e pini tērā toka i te ‘ai, nō te poto i te kupenga.
The net won’t go right around that rock, it is too short;

Kua ‘ai‘ia taua ‘oro‘enuā ra ē kua mou.
The horse was surrounded and caught.

2. (Perform) cat’s cradle and similar string games.

‘Ōmai te a‘o, kia ‘ai atu au kiā koe i tēia ‘ai.
Give me the string and I‘ll do you this (kind of) cat’s cradle.
[Pn. *fai5.]