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Block, a piece of timber, rather thick than long; 1) the wood on which criminals are beheaded: Meas. II, 4, 181. IV, 2, 55. IV, 3, 39. IV, 3, 39 V, 419. H4B IV, 2, 122. H6B IV, 1, 125. R3 III, 4, 108. V, 1, 28.
2) the wood on which hats are formed: “he wears his faith but as the fashion of his hat; it ever changes with the next b.” Ado I, 1, 77. Hence the form and fashion of a hat: “this' a good b.,” Lr. IV, 6, 187.
3) a stupid or insensible fellow: what a b. art thou that thou canst not (understand me)? Gentl. II, 5, 27. “thy conceit will draw in more than the common --s,” Wint. I, 2, 225. “how thou stirrest, thou b.” Per. III, 2, 90. -- Transitional: “past the endurance of a b.” Ado II, 1, 247. if silent, why, a b. moved with none (wind) III, 1, 67. “that which here stands up, is but a quintain, a mere lifeless b.” As I, 2, 263. “what tongueless --s were they!” R3 III, 7, 42. “you --s, you stones, you worse than senseless things,” Caes. I, 1, 40.
4) something to obstruct the passage: “who like a b. hath denied my access to thee,” Cor. V, 2, 85.
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