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Length, subst. 1) extent from end to end, contrary to breadth; used of space as well as time: Gent. III, 1, 130. Gent. III, 1, 130 Ado II, 1, 276. Ado V, 1, 11. As III, 2, 334. All's IV, 3, 99. R2 III, 3, 14. H4B II, 3, 58. Hml. V, 1, 118. V, 2, 276. Ant. I, 2, 124 (her l. of sickness == the duration of her sickness). to measure out my l. == to lie down, Mids. III, 2, 429; cf. H6C V, 2, 26 and Lr. I, 4, 101. “within my sword's l.” Mcb. IV, 3, 234; Hml. I, 2, 204. “within my pistol's l.” Per. I, 1, 168 (i. e. within my pistol's shot). “then goes he to the l. of all his arm,” Hml. II, 1, 88.
2) great extent, contrary to shortness: “night doth nightly make grief's l. seem stronger,” Sonn. 28, 14 (M. Edd. strength, perhaps rightly, but cf. Ado V, 1, 11 and R2 V, 1, 94). “there is such l. in grief,” R2 V, 1, 94. “to draw it out in l.” Merch. III, 2, 23; cf. “my foreward shall be drawn out all in l.” R3 V, 3, 293. “through the l. of times,” Lucr. 718; “to leap large --s of miles,” Sonn. 44, 10; “large --s of seas and shores,” John I, 105. “this was of much l.” Meas. V, 95. “so it must be, for now all l. is torture,” Ant. IV, 14, 46 (== long duration, protraction; cf. the German proverb: die Länge trägt die Last). of l. == long: “is not my arm of l.” R2 IV, 11. “to end a tale of l.” Troil. I, 3, 136.
At l. == at last: Lucr. 1606. Pilgr. 319. Err. I, 1, 89. Err. I, 1, 89 R2 V, 5, 74. H8 III, 2, 362. IV, 1, 82. V, 4, 57. Cor. III, 3, 128. Tim. II, 2, 158. Per. II, 4, 24. “at the l.” Merch. II, 2, 85 (reading of Q1; the rest of O. Edd. in the end).
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