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Entrance, subst. (trisyll. in Rom. I, 4, 8. Per. II, 3, 64 and perhaps Mcb. I, 5, 40). 1) the passage by which something may be entered: “his heart granteth no penetrable e. to her plaining,” Lucr. 559. “no more the thirsty e. of this soil shall daub her lips with her own children's blood,” H4A I, 1, 5 (i. e. the surface of the earth). “Achilles stands in the e. of his tent,” Troil. III, 3, 38. “the stony e. of this sepulchre,” Rom. V, 3, 141.
2) the act of entering: “shut against his e.” Err. IV, 3, 90. “I will answer you with gait and e.” Tw. III, 1, 93. Wint. IV, 4, 449. John II, 85. R2 III, 3, 22. H6A II, 1, 30. H8 IV, 2, 107. Tit I, 383. Rom. I, 4, 8. Mcb. I, 5, 40. II, 3, 120. Per. II, 3, 64 (== arrival). to give e. == to give permission to enter: John II, 450. Cor. IV, 5, 13. “to have e.” H6A III, 2, 6. == enter, appearance on the scene: “they have their exits and their --s,” As II, 7, 141.
3) the entering upon, beginning; followed by to: “for an e. to my entertainment, I do present you with a man of mine,” Shr. II, 54. “beware of e. to a quarrel,” Hml. I, 3, 66.
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