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Number, subst. 1) any particular aggregate of units: “n. there in love was slain,” Phoen. 28. “I thought there had been one n. more,” Wiv. IV, 1, 25. “good luck lies in odd --s,” V, 1, 3. “our compelled sins stand more for n. than for accompt,” Meas. II, 4, 58. “now is the n. even,” LLL IV, 3, 210. “may stand in n., though in reckoning none,” Rom. I, 2, 33.
2) a computed quantity; as many or few as are counted: “in n. more than ever woman spoke,” Mids. I, 1, 176. “you and those poor n. saved with you,” Tw. I, 2, 10. “add a royal n. to the dead,” John II, 347. “the little n. of your doubtful friends,” V, 1, 36. R2 I, 3, 210. II, 1, 177. III, 3, 123. H4B III, 2, 201. IV, 1, 21. V, 2, 61.* H5 III, 6, 139. IV, 8, 79. R3 IV, 1, 45. V, 3, 9. Cor. I, 6, 80. Tit. I, 80. Rom. I, 2, 23. Caes. I, 2, 44. III, 1, 216. IV, 3, 208. Lr. II, 4, 64 (Qq train). Lr. II, 4, 64 Lr. II, 4, 64 Ant. III, 9, 3. Per. I, 4, 86. IV, 2, 100. Plur. “--s:” H4B IV, 1, 4. H5 IV Chor. H5 IV Chor. IV, 7, 122. V Chor. IV, 7, 122 Tim. III, 1, 54. Cymb. III, 7, 15.
3) a multitude, many: “among a n. one is reckoned none: then in the n. let me pass untold,” Sonn. 136, 8. Sonn. 136, 8 “you slew great n. of his people,” Tw. III, 3, 29. “we have a n. of shadows,” H4B III, 2, 145. H6B III, 1, 308. H8 II, 1, 9. III, 1, 34. Tim. I, 2, 40. Caes. III, 1, 68. Ant. III, 2, 65. Per. IV, 5, 43. Plur. --s: “such --s seek for thee,” Lucr. 896. “if the opposed --s pluck their hearts from them,” H5 IV, 1, 308. H6B II, 1, 40. H6C IV, 2, 2. Cor. III, 3, 72. Ant. I, 3, 52.
4) an assemblage of persons, company, troop, band: “every of this happy n.” As V, 4, 178. “when you have drawn your n.” Cor. II, 3, 261. “mingling them with us, the honoured n.” III, 1, 72. “dissentious --s pestering streets,” IV, 6, 7. “go thou into the other street and part the --s,” Caes. III, 2, 3. Especially == host, army: “the n. of the king exceedeth ours,” H4A IV, 3, 28. Plur. --s: “when the achiever brings home full --s,” Ado I, 1, 9. “shall we do draw our --s and set on?” H4B I, 3, 109. II, 3, 43. III, 1, 98. H5 III, 5, 56. III, 6, 155. Troil. I, 3, 56. V, 5, 15. Cor. I, 5, 13. Mcb. I, 2, 51. V, 4, 6. Hml. IV, 4, 63. Cymb. IV, 2, 343.
5) Plur. --s == rhythmical cadence, metre: “here are only --s ratified,” LLL IV, 2, 125. “the --s true,” V, 2, 35. “the --s altered,” Tw. II, 5, 111. “I am ill at these --s; I have not art to reckon my groans,” Hml. II, 2, 120.
Hence == verse, poetry: “if I could in fresh --s number all your graces,” Sonn. 17, 6. “eternal --s to outlive long date,” 38, 12. “my gracious --s are decayed,” 79, 3. “redeem in gentle --s time so idly spent,” 100, 6. “these --s will I tear and write in prose,” LLL IV, 3, 57. “such fiery --s,” LLL IV, 3, 57 “shall crown up the verse and sanctify the --s,” Troil. III, 2, 190. “the --s that Petrarch flowed in,” Rom. II, 4, 41.
6) the singular and plural in grammar: Wiv. IV, 1, 21. Wiv. IV, 1, 21
7) the fourth book of Moses: “in the book of --s it is writ,” H5 I, 2, 98.
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