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Carriage, 1) the act of carrying or conveying, transportation: “lest, being missed, I be suspected of your c. from the court,” Cymb. III, 4, 190.
2) that which is carried or borne, the load: “time goes upright with his c.” Tp. V, 3. “easing me of the c.” Wiv. II, 2, 179.
3) that which carries or bears, a vehicle: “for many --s he hath dispatched to the sea-side,” John V, 7, 90. Likewise the frame on which cannon rests: “behold the ordnance on their --s,” H5 III Chor. H5 III Chor. Tropically: “sometimes her levelled eyes their c. ride, as they did battery to the spheres intend,” Compl. 22 (cf. v. 281: his eyes he did dismount). In the affected language of the time == the hanger of a sword: “three of the --s are very dear to fancy; most delicate --s. What call you the --s? The --s are the hangers. The phrase would be more german to the matter, if we could carry cannon by our sides,” Hml. V, 2, 158--169.
4) the power of bearing: “he was a man of good c., great c., for he carried the town-gates on his back,” LLL I, 2, 74. “making them women of good c.” Rom. I, 4, 94 (both times a quibble).
5) bearing, deportment: “teach sin the c. of a holy saint,” Err. III, 2, 14. “fashion a c. to rob love from any,” Ado I, 3, 31. LLL I, 1, 272. I, 2, 72. V, 2, 306. Tw. III, 4, 81. H4A II, 4, 466. H4B V, 1, 84. H8 III, 1, 161. IV, 2, 145. Rom. I, 4, 94 (quibbling). Tim. III, 2, 88. “how this Herculean Roman does become the c. of his chafe,” Ant. I, 3, 85.
6) management: “the violent c. of it will clear or end the business,” Wint. III, 1, 17. “as if the passage and whole c. of this action rode on his tide,” Troil. II, 3, 140.
7) import, tenour: by the same covenant and c. of the article designed his (moiety) “fell to Hamlet,” Hml. I, 1, 94.
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