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Defence, 1) resistance made against an attack: “nothing 'gainst time's scythe can make d.” Sonn. 12, 13. 89, 4. 139, 8. Pilgr. 110. John II, 81. IV, 3, 84. V, 1, 76. V, 2, 18. V, 7, 88. H5 I, 2, 153. III, 3, 43. H6C V, 1, 109. Tim. IV, 3, 346. Mcb. IV, 2, 78. “for the d. of a town,” Cor. IV, 5, 178. “in d.” Tim. III, 5, 55. “in d. of:” LLL V, 2, 85. H6A IV, 1, 99. H6C I, 1, 160. II, 2, 32. II, 2, 32 Troil. II, 2, 198. Mcb. I, 3, 99. Hml. V, 1, 7. Lr. V, 3, 115. Used of the warding off of temptations: “I could drive her from . . . a thousand other her --s,” Wiv. II, 2, 259. All's I, 1, 127. III, 5, 77. John I, 258.
2) protection: “God, the widows' champion and d.” R2 I, 2, 43. “let the heavens give him d. against the elements,” Oth. II, 1, 45. “we'll no d.” Cymb. III, 4, 81.
3) armament, preparation for war: who but Rumour, who but only I, make fearful musters and prepared d. H4B Ind. Cymb. III, 4, 81 “to answer royally in our --s,” H5 II, 4, 3. “--s, musters, preparations should be maintained,” H5 II, 4, 3 “in cases of d. 'tis best to weigh the enemy more mighty than he seems: so the proportions of d. are filled,” H5 II, 4, 3 H5 II, 4, 3 “desperation is all the policy, strength and d. that Rome can make against them,” Cor. IV, 6, 127.
Hence == arms, offensive as well as defensive: “that d. thou hast, betake thee to it,” Tw. III, 4, 240. “thy wit . . . like powder in a skilless soldier's flask, is set afire by thine own ignorance, and thou dismembered with thine own d.” Rom. III, 3, 134. “go put on thy --s,” Ant. IV, 4, 10; cf. Cymb. III, 4, 81.
4) readiness for combat, means or practice of fighting: “by how much d. is better than no skill, by so much is a horn more precious than to want,” As III, 3, 62. “now is it manhood, wisdom and d., to give the enemy way,” H6B V, 2, 75. “the city being but of small d.” H6C V, 1, 64. “whilst we, lying still, are full of rest, d. and nimbleness,” Caes. IV, 3, 202. “gave you such a masterly report for art and exercise in your d. and for your rapier most especially,” Hml. IV, 7, 98.
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