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Centre (or Center), the middle point: “many lines close in the dial's c.” H5 I, 2, 210. “the marketplace, the middle c. of this cursed town,” H6A II, 2, 6. “in the c. of this isle,” R3 V, 2, 11. “pierce the inmost c. of the earth,” Tit. IV, 3, 12. “as true as earth to the c.” Troil. III, 2, 187. “the strong base and building of my love is as the very c. of the earth, drawing all things to it,” IV, 2, 110. Absolutely, == the middle point of the earth: “the moon may through the c. creep and so displease her brother's noontide,” Mids. III, 2, 54. “I will find where truth is hid, though it were hid indeed within the c.” Hml. II, 2, 159. == the earth, as the supposed centre of the world: “the c. is not big enough to bear a school-boy's top,” Wint. II, 1, 102. “the heavens themselves, the planets and this c. observe degree,” Troil. I, 3, 85.
Figuratively, the soul, opposed to the body: “poor soul, the c. of my sinful earth,” Sonn. 146, 1. “affection, thy intention stabs the c.” Wint. I, 2, 138. “happy he whose cloak and c. can hold out this tempest,” John IV, 3, 155 (M. Edd. cincture). “turn back, dull earth, and find thy c. out,” Rom. II, 1, 2.
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