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Effect, subst. 1) execution, performance, realization: “thoughts are but dreams till their --s be tried,” Lucr. 353. “attained the e. of your own purpose,” Meas. II, 1, 13. “thou art the cause and most accursed e.” R3 I, 2, 120. 121 (abstr. pro concr.). “no compunctious visitings of nature shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between the e. and it,” Mcb. I, 5, 48. “our wishes may prove --s,” Lr. IV, 2, 15. “thy thoughts touch their --s in this,” Ant. V, 2, 333.
2) action, working, manifestation: “the warm -- s which she in him finds missing she seeks to kindle,” Ven. 605. which (viz the worser sense) “in a moment doth confound and kill all pure --s,” Lucr. 251. “though it alter not love's sole e., yet doth it steal sweet hours from love's delight,” Sonn. 36, 7. “I had him in mine arms with all the e. of love,” Meas. V, 199. “I found the e. of love in idleness,” Shr. I, 1, 156. “to receive at once the benefit of sleep, and do the --s of watching,” Mcb. V, 1, 12. “lest with this piteous action you convert my stern --s,” Hml. III, 4, 129. “that good --s may spring from words of love,” Lr. I, 1, 188. “thou better knowest the offices of nature, . . . --s of courtesy,” II, 4, 182.
3) outward manifestation, expression, show, sign, token: “such devils steal --s from lightless hell,” Lucr. 1555. “bloodless white and the encrimsoned mood, --s of terror and dear modesty, encamped in hearts, but fighting outwardly,” Compl. 202. “losing his verdure even in the prime and all the fair --s of future hopes,” Gentl. I, 1, 50. “thy complexion shifts to strange --s, after the moon,” Meas. III, 1, 24. “what --s of passion shows she?” Ado II, 3, 112. “that we, whose baser stars do shut us up in wishes, might with --s of them follow our friends,” All's I, 1, 198. “there is not a white hair on your face but should have his e. of gravity. His e. of gravy,” H4B I, 2, 183. “notwithstanding the poor and untempering e. of my visage,” H5 V, 2, 241. “displayed the --s of disposition gentle,” H8 II, 4, 86. “I do invest you jointly with my power, pre-eminence and all the large --s that troop with majesty,” Lr. I, 1, 133.
4) that which is produced by an agent or cause, operation, result, consequence, fruit: “lust's e. is tempest after sun,” Ven. 800. “every beauty robbed of his e.” Ven. 800 “being so applied, the poison in e. is purified,” Lucr. 532. Sonn. 5, 11. Compl. 293. “to make you understand this in a manifested e.” Meas. IV, 2, 169 (i. e. so that its being manifest may be the effect or result of my exposition). Err. IV, 3, 57. V, 215. As IV, 3, 52. Shr I, 2, 93. All's I, 3, 228. II, 3, 27. Wint. IV, 1, 18. H4B I, 2, 133. Tit. IV, 4, 30. Rom. I, 5, 108. Caes. II, 1, 250. Hml. I, 5, 64. II, 2, 101. II, 2, 101 III, 3, 54. Lr. I, 2, 115. Lr. I, 2, 115 Oth. I, 2, 13 (in his effect, i. e. the voice's e.). I, 3, 225. Cymb. I, 5, 23. Cymb. I, 5, 23 Cymb. I, 5, 23 to take e. == to operate: Rom. V, 3, 244. of none e. == invalid: H8 IV, 1, 33. to no e. == in vain, resultless: Tit. V, 2, 12. “to so base e.” Gentl. II, 7, 73. to this e. == to this end: H6A V, 4, 102. Oth. I, 3, 105. to e. == to the purpose. “I have written to e.; there's not a god left unsolicited,” Tit. IV, 3, 59. “few words, but to e. more than all yet,” Lr. III, 1, 52.
5) tenour, import, meaning, sense: “then others for the breath of words respect, me for my dumb thoughts, speaking in e.” Sonn. 85, 14. “the e. of my intent is to cross theirs,” LLL V, 2, 138. “words blacker in their e. than in their countenance,” As IV, 3, 35. too fairly (writ) “for so foul e.” John IV, 1, 38. “answer in the e. of your reputation, and satisfy the poor woman,” H4B II, 1, 142 (i. e. act up to what your reputation promises). “our just demands, whose tenours and particular --s you have . . . in your hands,” H5 V, 2, 72. “mere words, no matter from the heart; the e. doth operate another way,” Troil. V, 3, 109. “'tis in few words, but spacious in e.” Tim. III, 5, 97. “I shall the e. of this good lesson keep,” Hml. I, 3, 45. “wilt thou know the e. of what I wrote?” V, 2, 37. let thy (the book's) “--s so follow, to be . . . as good as promise,” Cymb. V, 4, 135. to this e. == with this tendency or aim (in diesem Sinne): “to this e. we breathed our counsel,” John IV, 2, 35. “to this e. have I moved you,” Troil. III, 3, 216. “shall I redeliver you e'en so? To this e., after what flourish your nature will,” Hml. V, 2, 187 (i. e. such be the general import of what you are to say). “daily prayers all to that e.” R3 II, 2, 15. “all the bitterest terms that ever ear did hear to such e.” Tit. II, 3, 111. “he spoke Greek. To what e.?” Caes. I, 2, 283 (in welchem Sinne?).
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