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Device, 1) contrivance, conceit, stratagem: “the shame that from them no d. can take,” Lucr. 535. “O excellent d.” Gentl. II, 1, 145. Wiv. I, 1, 43. Meas. IV, 4, 15. Err. I, 2, 95. LLL V, 1, 144. Mids. III, 1, 17. As I, 1, 157. IV, 3, 20. Shr. I, 2, 135. Tw. II, 3, 176. II, 5, 199. III, 4, 143. III, 4, 143 III, 4, 143 V, 368. H4A II, 4, 290. H4A II, 4, 290 H6A I, 2, 41. H6C III, 3, 141. R3 I, 4, 162. III, 6, 11. H8 I, 1, 204. III, 2, 217. Troil. I, 3, 375. Tit. I, 395. II, 1, 78. IV, 4, 52. Oth. IV, 2, 177.
2) plan, scheme: “this is our d.” Wiv. IV, 4, 41. “husband your d.” IV, 6, 52. “I'll tell thee all my whole d.” Merch. III, 4, 81. Mids. I, 2, 107. Shr. I, 1, 198. Tit. III, 1, 134. V, 2, 120. V, 2, 120 Hml. III, 2, 222. IV, 7, 66. Oth. II, 3, 394.
3) any thing fancifully conceived; as an embroidery: “this d. was sent me from a nun,” Compl. 232 (cf. conceit in Mids. I, 1, 33). The cut and ornaments of a garment: “not alone in habit and d., exterior form, outward accoutrement,” John I, 210. The emblem on a shield: “to explain the labour of each knight in his d.” Per. II, 2, 15. Per. II, 2, 15 Per. II, 2, 15 The form into which plate is wrought: “plate of rare d.” Cymb. I, 6, 189. A dramatic performance, a mask played by private persons: “but I will forward with my d.” LLL V, 2, 669. “that is an old d. and it was played . . .,” Mids. V, 50. “entertained me with mine own d.” Tim. I, 2, 155 (perhaps also in LLL V, 1, 144. Mids. I, 2, 107. III, 1, 17).
4) manner of thinking, cast of mind: “I hate not love, but your d. in love, that lends embracements unto every stranger,” Ven. 789. “he's gentle, never schooled and yet learned, full of noble d.” As I, 1, 174.
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