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Division, 1) separation: “two distincts, d. none,” Phoen. 27. “saw d. grow together,” Phoen. 27 “how have you made d. of yourself?” Tw. V, 229. “the spacious breadth of this d. admits no orifex . . .,” Troil. V, 2, 150.
2) sharing out, repartition: “I'll make d. of my present with you,” Tw. III, 4, 380. “in the d. of the kingdom,” Lr. I, 1, 4.
3) fraction: “the d. of the twentieth part of one poor scruple,” Merch. IV, 1, 329.
4) body of an army: “his --s are in three heads,” H4B I, 3, 70.
5 methodical arrangement, disposition: “rightly reasoned and in his own d.” Ado V, 1, 230. “that never set a squadron in the field, nor the d. of a battle knows more than a spinster,” Oth. I, 1, 23.
6) disunion, difference: “the woefullest d.” R2 IV, 146. “the quality and hair of our attempt brooks no d.” H4A IV, 1, 62. “the d. of our amity,” H4B III, 1, 79. H6A IV, 1, 193. R3 V, 5, 28. Cor. IV, 3, 19. Caes. IV, 3, 235. Lr. I, 2, 149. Lr. I, 2, 149 III, 1, 19. III, 3, 9. Oth. IV, 1, 242. Ant. II, 1, 48. III, 4, 13.
7) variation, modulation: “ditties sung by a fair queen with ravishing d.” H4A III, 1, 211. “the lark makes sweet d.” Rom. III, 5, 29. “abound in the d. of each several crime, acting it many ways,” Mcb. IV, 3, 96.*
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